If you love wine, you should probably be sleeping here

if you are a big fan of the grape then sleeping close or sometimes in amongst the vineyards could be a match made in heaven. Here are a few places that you can get up close and personal with a vine…

L’AND Vineyards. Alentejo, Portugal.
Striking architecture, prize-winning vineyards, spa, Michelin restaurant and suites that open to the sky
L’AND is a bold and striking piece of modern architecture with its low slung, white buildings set amongst the prize-winning vineyards. Spacious suites (there are only 22) come with a private patio and fireplace, and drum roll please, Sky View rooms have ceilings that dramatically roll back so you can sleep under a canopy of twinkling stars.
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Capofaro Malvasia & Resort, Aeolian Islands, Italy
Incredibly romantic island retreat hidden amongst vineyards with spectacular ocean views
Owned by the Sicilian wine producing Tasca family, Capofaro is a magically romantic place, tucked away amongst 17 acres of Malvasia vineyards. There are only 20 rooms, each created out of the traditional Aeolian farmhouses that are spaced out around the property, and their whiteness contrasts brilliantly with the green vines and the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea.
ps. their sweet Malvasia wine is a perfect end to the day.

La Residence. Cape Winelands, South Africa.
Bold and extravagantly luxurious estate with a fairytale vineyard
‘La Res’, tucked away in a private 30 acre estate deep in the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, is bold, bright and absolutely chock full of the most extravagant glam that we have seen for some time. But with the fun flamboyance comes peace and informality and exceedingly good wines.

Six Senses Douro Valley
Indulgent gastronomic stay with a world-class spa in the heart of the Douro wine regionA place to rejuvenate and delight the soul – the spa has over 2200 square meters of therapeutic space, there are fantastic dining experiences to choose from and a wine list that is long and creative. And nothing beats relaxing by the outdoor pool, looking over the Douro river after a hard day’s work visiting the local port estates.

Get closer to your shiraz or chardonnay by waking up in a vineyard, or if you are just a big fan of the grape then definitely check out our Wine Lovers collection.

And we’ve Michelin starred restaurants, inventive cuisine and show-stopping bars and imaginative cocktails all being served up in our Foodies collection.


Hotels with Incredible Rooftop Terraces

Extraordinary views, killer cocktails in uber-hip bars, lush gardens and crystal blue infinity swimming pools. Sometimes with all 4!  Read on for Our Ultimate Guide to Hotels and their Stunning Rooftop Terraces.

  1. Continentale, Florence
    This is style in spades. In the absolute beating heart of renaissance Florence is a retreat so gorgeously chic that we are somewhat in awe and perhaps most stunning of all, is La Terraza, the rooftop bar on the building’s medieval tower. A French martini here as the sun sets is possibly the best spot in town.
  2. Ohla Hotel, Barcelona
    Gloriously seductive “chill out” terrace with fabulous views, white loungers and cushioned daybeds on a dark teak bed and a blue glass sided swimming pool that seems to drop straight off the edge of the roof.
  3. Bloom, Venice
    Sip a glass of super chilled prosecco here and enjoy the views of the city that showcase all that is stunning and magical about Venice.
  4. Fresh Hotel, Athens
    This budget boutique downtown winner packs in a very sexy rooftop bar with a pool and fantastic views of the floodlit Acropolis – and just could be the smartest place for a late night drink under the stars.
  5. Hotel Palacio de Villapanés, Seville
    It may not have the biggest, but we think it is the cutest of terraces with great skyline views to accompany some tapas and a signature cocktail.
  6. Grace Vanderbilt, Rhode Island, US
    Grace Vanderbilt
    Enjoy stunning New England sunsets over the harbour. In the summer take part in events such as the rosé champagne Mondays – sounds good to us!
  7. Dar Mo’da, Marrakech
    Dar Moda
    Perhaps the star of this riad is the magnificent roof terrace with its spectacular views of the city and the nearby Koutubia mosque set against the backdrop of the Atlas mountains. Just the place to relax in the sun, dip in the plunge pool and sip sweet mint tea.

    If our rooftop terraces have got you all of a twitter then you should see what’s inside! Gorgeous and stylish, our hotels are individually handpicked and reviewed so that you don’t have to worry.

    Take a look at our fabulously stylish Boutique B&B collection or take off for a rural hideout in Puglia, go wild on safari in Africa and head down under to award-winning lodges in Australia. Oh and of course, if you are travelling with kids we’ve a family friendly collection, and if you’re without them then check out our fabulous child-free hotels as well as some for you to get completely off the beaten track, for gourmet foodies or to have an amazing room with a view.

    And get the inside scoop by reading what other travellers are sending here: #DigitalPostcard.  Be a social traveller!

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5 of the world’s best ice-cream parlours

The team at mypootle are always on the lookout for a lip smackingly good ice-cream. We are just back from Puglia where there was no end of tasty, fruit filled arty gelato but the good news is that you don’t need to go to Italy to get a lick of the good stuff, so here’s our selection of some of the best around… Continue reading

Breakfast blog

How and where you should be eating breakfast in 6 top European cities

We’ve got some awesome boutique Bed&Breakfasts in our collection, but sometimes there is no better way to get a feel for a place than to start it with the locals, so we’ve spent some valuable time sniffing out the latest buttery croissant in Paris, searching for the best espresso in Rome and hunting down the most tomato-ey tostados in Seville so that you can start your day the best way in six of our favourite European cities. Continue reading

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Hot Hotels in Florence you should know about

The former beating heart of Renaissance Italy will not fail to impress with its art, architecture and flamboyance. Gaze in awe at Brunelleschi’s dome and the Basilica di Santa Croce, walk the banks of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, explore the delights of the Uffizi and Academia and don’t forget that this is also designer shopping heaven and home to the likes of Gucci and Ferragamo.

This is a proud, exciting city where life is to be enjoyed; relax in the late afternoon with an aperitivo, dine on the finest rustic Tuscan food, taste your way around some superb chiantis and relish life the Florentine way. Oh, and sleep somewhere amazing. Here are our hottest Florentine boutique hotels. Continue reading

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A perfect weekend in Ile de Ré

We are just back from the sunny, windy and ridiculously pretty Île de Ré.  This is a gorgeous spot on France’s Atlantic coast with long sandy beaches, sparkling seas, picturesque villages and blue shuttered houses framed with colourful, feathery holyhocks.

Here’s what we got up to on the weekend…..

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Marrakech 27 hidden delights

27 things you probably didn’t know to do in Marrakech

We are taking you off the beaten track in Marrakech this time. Noisy, colourful and exotic, come with us as we plunge into the Old Medina and navigate labyrinthine alleyways, sit back on a terrace with mint tea and gaze at the snow topped Atlas mountains, go home triumphant with a carpet. Marrakech is a city of drama, full of life and passion, magic and mystery. Let’s go! Continue reading