Category Archives: Eat & Drink

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.
mypootle/L’AND vineyards

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.


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

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

Wake up in a vineyard – 4 fabulous hotels

I love my wine. Recently I seem to prefer red, generally a pinot noir but to be honest I am not that choosy.  A very cold chardonnay as the sun goes down moving onto a soft but complex red as dinner approaches can make me sigh with happiness.  So imagine my level of sheer enjoyment when top notch wines are matched with a fabulous place to stay.

Here are my top 4 picks…

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How to Eat and Drink like a local in Venice

Venice may dazzle but isn’t really known for its epicurean delights, pizza for instance has never been something to write home about here but there are some delicious eateries to be found, including delightful traditional chichetti (the local equivalent of Spanish tapas) and gloriously fresh seafood. All you need is our inside scoop. So here’s our guide to our top eating and drinking spots in the ever so slowly sinking city.

Cantina do Mori: The oldest osteria in the city with a lively atmostphere and renowned for legendary Casanova’s visit. Choose your wine and pick your cichette, Venetian tapas. Their speciality is francobollo (“postage stamp”), a tiny white-bread sandwich filled with sliced radicchio and gorgonzola.

Venice cantina-do-mori

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Just back from Koh Samui

It’s true that Koh Samui is no longer a sleepy backwater known only to intrepid backpackers but nevertheless, despite commercialization Samui has retained a sense of island-chic style. There are luxury hotels and spas, designer boutiques, ocean shacks with superlative cocktails, street stalls of steaming hot and spicy food and just off the beaten track, a palm tree covered tropical island with picture-perfect white sandy beaches and lush tropical forests to be discovered.

Here are some of the places we found and loved! Continue reading

Coffee & ice-cream at the beach. We’re just back from Sydney

Where else can you get a gelato frozen with liquid nitrogen and literally churned while you watch, eat officially the World’s Best gelato or wrap your tongue around fresh pear gelato with home-poached spiced rhubarb? Why Sydney of course.

And where else has the humble coffee bean now the status of fine art? Continue reading