Accommodation only vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

If you are looking to simply get away from it all, stay in beautiful surroundings and do you own thing, then our accommodation only vacations may be just what you need. From traditional B&Bs and hotels to beachside retreats, jungle ecolodges or tipis & yurts we have options worldwide to suit all tastes and budgets. All of our accommodations are run by people that are committed to looking after their environment and supporting their local communities so you can rest assured your stay is as responsible as it can be.

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Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Gambia vacation accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from £12.50 - £30 per person per night incl breakfast
Houseboat vacations in Devon, England
Houseboats on private trout lake and wetland, from £385 - £795 per week
Transylvania vacation accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from £400 - £600 per week
Unusual accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Luxury eco apartment in Lanzarote, from €525 - €735 per couple per week
Tobago beach accommodation
Three lodges & four apartments in beautiful Tobago, from £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy
Modern comforts days gone by ambience, from €70 - €105 per double room per night
Atlas Mountains accommodation nr Imlil, Morocco
Berber guesthouse in the mountains, from £30 - £40 per person per night
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €65 - €110 per room per night
Tavira vacation cottages, Portugal
A country estate with original manor house & farm buildings, from £95 per accommodation per night
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
A small orchard resort on the edge of the rainforest, from MYR 400 - MYR 1000 per accommodation per night
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from €580 - €850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Devon self catering cottage in England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Lanzarote villa accommodation, Canary Islands
Converted farm building in beach setting with car, from €1540 - €2065 per villa per week (sleeps 6)
Liguria vacation accommodation, self catering apartments
Stay in a restored medieval village, from €390 - €1200 per apartment per week (sleeps 2-6)
East Sussex tree house accommodation, England
A remarkable, romantic tree house in rural Sussex, from £172 - £279 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
New Forest Hotel near Cadnam, England
A Grade 2 listed hotel in Cadnam set within 8 acres of land., from £62 per person per night
Peak District self catering cottages, England
Organic hideaway for 2 & wheelchair access cottage for 6, from £270 - £740 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Live with a local Maasai tribe, from US $70 per person per night
France luxury eco accommodation, Saint Martin Laguepie
Stunning Eco-House in Riverside Hamlet, from £825 - £1200 per house per week (sleeps 6)
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Idyllic Andalucian Farmhouse with Stunning Private Pool, from €799 - €1199 per accommodation per week
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm., from £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
Amberley country pub B&B, South Downs, England
Proper country pub, nice rooms, great views and tasty food., from £60 - £80 per room per night (sleeps 2)
The White Cliffs hotel in Dover, Kent, England
Coastal Elegance in the heart of The Kent Downs AONB, from £69 - £129 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Lesvos vacation cottages
Traditional guesthouses & rooms in Lesvos, from €50 - €140 per room per night
Alderton B&B, Gloucestershire, England
B&B Cotswolds Small Welcoming Relaxing Quiet Quality Central, from £70 - £75 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Fremantle hotel, Western Australia
Hotel accommodation just 20 minutes from Perth's city centre, from £138 - £216 per room per night

1825 reviews for accommodation only vacations4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent accommodation only vacations reviews are from travelers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travelers below.

India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of my trip was the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. I was welcome by the owners of the land and taken around on night safaris by the son Ravindra. (more)Viveca Ott
Seeing all three cat species that live savely in the sanctuary was amazing (they where the reason for me wanting to go there). Jungle cat from up 15 m! (more)Yvonne Rijsdijk
We had a truly amazing vacation, we were looked after as if we were royalty by our hosts Gajendra and Ravi and wanted for nothing from the moment we were picked up at Jodhpur airport. (more)Philippa Marland
From £120 - £130 per person per night all inclusive
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this vacation is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. (more)Daphne Donkin
Most memorable was walking through the rice-fields... It was just great. (more)Astrid Dello
From US $85 - US $210 per house per night
Swedish Lapland vacation accommodation
Fantastic! Loved every minute of it. Excellent accommodation and food. Owners were extremely accommodating, helpful and knowledgeable. Great activities in an amazing setting. Would highly recommend it and would love to go back! (more)Amanda Ford
It was fantastic. Scenery and people made it all worth while...Staying in the wilderness cabin for 2 nights was an amazing experience. (more)Bolette Bruun
The most exciting part was finally seeing the Northern Lights the night before I left. (more)Natasha Cafane
From SKr1600 - SKr2500 per person per night
Yorkshire cottage sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous vacation - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
Exceptional, unforgettable...The people at the hotel, the peace and solitude of the place, nature (more)Olga Coulton-Shaw
Probably one of the best vacations we have ever had. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, good food, wonderful people, as little or as much to do and see as you like then book now! (more)Kathryn Spalding
From £495 - £550
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. (more)Jenni Malcolm
The location is perfect for sightseeing in Sintra, cliff walking, forest trails, beach visits, day trip to Lisbon or Cascais, good and reasonable eating options...the perfect cocktail of good accommodation , helpful hosts, location, scenic walking, sightseeing and food. (more)hina chandra
We had a relaxing vacation, James & Aasta made us very welcome and gave us lots of tips, advice and information on the local area. (more)David and Pauline Truelove
From €65 - €110 per room per night
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
My best vacation ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
Beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! (more)Mervyn Hawe
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Bavaria self catering apartments
The village was very beautiful and the hosts friendly and welcoming. The opportunities to enjoy the natural environment were abundant. We especially loved our walks and bike rides through the forest. (more)Rainey Wikstrom
Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest was the most memorable part...An excellent vacation thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children aged between 9 and 16 years. (more)Diane Jones
Our day trip to Prague was just fantastic and could not have been improved....Wonderful!! (more)Susan Smith
From €455 - €1260 per accommodation per week
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm, England
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the vacation was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £30 - £45 per person per night
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. (more)JOHN COLGAN
The most memorable part of the vacation was seeing the cottage for the first time as it was so much nicer than we had even hoped for! (more)Portia Dunmore
The most memorable part was the accommodation's location. It was great to be up in a little village, very peaceful, away from the pre-season warm up mode of Kalkan and surrounded by locals. (more)Amy Hill
From £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
Transylvania vacation accommodation
We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... (more)martin davis
An unforgettable vacation in a remote region of Europe. (more)Gerhard Loupal
It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. (more)Karen Booth
From €36 - €49 per person per night
Pinasca accommodation, Piedmont, Italy
Gosh, difficult to say which part out of so many! I am reviewing the vacation five months later and still remember everything about our stay here. The delicious food and warm hospitality from the hosts, the beautiful scenery and the long walks will stay with me forever, I think. (more)Bill Reid
The kindness of our hosts, the nice balanced way they shared and included us in their individual enthusiasm and warmth, the pertinent information about local and Piemonte region, without coming too close were most memorable. Excellent vacation. (more)Anna Welsing
Whilst we have many very happy memories of our recent 5 weeks in Europe all involved voted that the week was 'the' most memorable. This was primarily a result of the passion that both Marla and Fabrizio bring to the running of the accommodation and to ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Of course this professionalism is ably supported by the fantastic scenery and interesting history of the area. (more)Neal Dalgliesh
From €60 per couple per night
Holiday cottage in Snowdonia, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family vacation. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the vacation was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Devon self catering cottage in England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the vacation was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first vacation with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Spain
Perfect..the best part was driving on the beautiful country roads. (more)Eve Piggott
It was all great: peace and quiet, made to feel welcome but left alone when you wanted privacy. The local market was crammed with excellent local produce. Local wildlife, stargazing, scenery. (more)Richard Needham
The apartment was perfect for our requirements, simple and clean with our own BBQ and all the facilities we needed. (more)Teresa Holly
From £340 per week (sleeps 2)
Essaouira bed and breakfast accommodation
We had a fabulous time and can't wait to return to Morocco. Buying fresh local produce from the market on the way home to cook in the apartment absolutely made the vacation. It's great to be able to self-cater somewhere so different to home (more)Emma Slack
Staying in the heart of the medina in this wonderful and quirky house! We really loved the eclectic decor and having an entire house to ourselves, but with the benefit of breakfast delivered each morning, was great. (more)Emma Brown
Essaouira was easily the most relaxing part of our vacation. The accommodation was a lovely place to stay for a few days and Paolo, Hakin and Naima looked after us very well. (more)Jenny Preece
From £60 per house per night
Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain
We had a lovely family suite which was spacious and well equipped. The pool is also lovely - quite large and pristine... (more)Julie Mills
The blend of marvellous scenery, a fabulous place to stay and relax, and the hospitality of our hosts (including great food and great local advice on walking, parking points, activities etc). (more)Russell Chant
Exploring hills and geological areas near the property was the most memorable...Relaxing. Hosts very attentive and informative. Peaceful location. (more)Diana Loffler
From €73 - €83 per double room per night
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the vacation was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a vacation should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
You couldn't ask for a more idyllic location, or more welcoming hosts. Shane met us at the villa when we arrived and gave us a quick run through the basics, while Bea would always let us know when she was around to water the plants (twice during the week), a much appreciated sign of the type of consideration they show towards their guests. (more)David Mervik
The peaceful setting, serene surroundings and the warm and gracious hospitality of our hosts, Shane and Bea, are our fondest memories. From the moment we arrived until the minute we left, two weeks later, we rarely thought of our hectic, fast-paced life back home. (more)Nancy Lipson
From €799 - €1199 per accommodation per week
Eco lodge accommodation in Bali
Re-invigorating and inspiring...Check out all the activities and make the most of them. (more)Rosemary Livingstone
Most memorable were swimming, reading, and relaxing by the pool at the resort. Taking a little trip to the beach and having a drink over looking the ocean. (more)Kate Birbilis
The ecolodge was very comfortable with friendly hosts who were able to tell us a lot about the wildlife of Indonesia. (more)Delia Stephens
From US $90 per double room per night
Istanbul vacation accommodation, Turkey
The most exciting part was just being in Istanbul...Brilliant vacation and very personable local contact. (more)Frances Smyth
Istanbul was a great place to stay, with so much to do. The accommodation was in a brilliant location to enjoy both the historic sights and going out. It has been beautifully restored and was perfect for a couple. (more)Eleanor Tomlinson
From €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
A fabulous situation , beautiful rooms, great service all round... We spent two weeks there and enjoyed every moment .Great thanks to the owners and their parents. (more)patrick heffron
We loved every aspect of this accommdation... We dream of returning soon. My daughter and I rank this accommodation as our best vacation ever. (more)Judith Doyle
This was a totally relaxing, getaway vacation...John and Maureen are wonderful hosts and if you are looking for this kind of restful vacation this place is perfect. Excellent - it surprised my husband how much he enjoyed it. (more)Mary Head
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Porto de Pedras self catering beach house in Brazil
Memorable parts? An unexpected but totally delightful encounter with a sea cow in the shallows off the beach. He nibbled my toes and allowed me to stroke him. Magical! They are very friendly characters, vulnerable to extinction. A project near the house to support sea cow conservation is a must see. Tips? If you're looking for nightlife, don't visit! The only nightlife here is nature. Travel light. Swim, snorkel, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A decent phrase book is... (more)Beverley Whatford
From £50 - £150 per house per night
Accommodation in the Mercantour, France
It is the best vacation we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years vacationing in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? (more)Tony Bell
The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best vacations. (more)Lourdes Roffey
We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. (more)Mary Dracup
From £406 per accommodation per week
Lanzarote villa vacation, Fishermans Cottage, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Arriving at Fisherman’s Cottage and seeing the wonderful location. Tips? It's not a vacation destination for clubbers. If you want a few days relaxation by the sea come to fisherman’s cottage. Local benefits? We shopped in the local supermarket and ate out locally. The cottage was totally solar powered with 'green' loos. So yes to both. Overall rating? 10 out of 10. It was so much better than I expected. Jill and Maria were both lovely and friendly.... (more)Laura Whelan
From €665 - €875 per week (sleeps 4)
Cirali beach vacation, Turkey
One of the main reasons we picked Cirali as our vacation destinations was to see the sea turtles, or as the locals know them, the Caretta...We were honoured to watch the turtle's arduous journey down to the sea, just as the sun was beginning to rise. It was exactly like the natural history documentaries, only without the commentary from David Attenborough! (more)Amy Pickard
Most memorable was sitting in the shade having a fantastic breakfast looking straight out onto the beach in glorious sunshine and swimming with turtles on a day out in a local fisherman's boat (more)Anna Bradley
Brilliant for a honeymoon. Perfect place to relax, enjoy each others company and great food. The sea is great for swimming as it gets deep quickly.... you don't have to wade out for miles! (more)Laura Smith
From £570 - £630
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family vacation with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From €1120 - €1330 per week (sleeps 4)
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
This was our second visit to The Cotswolds (last over 4 years ago) and we were charmed anew. Too often our vacation experience has been such we're ready to return home after a few days, but on this occasion a week passed quickly, happily, relatively comfortably. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
It was an excellent location. Very quiet B/B. Very friendly hosts and good breakfasts. Room well equiped with everything we needed. (more)Anne Grant
From £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Luxor vacation apartments, Egypt
Abu Simbel and Dendera and sailing down to Aswan were the most memorable parts of the vacation. (more)Vida Juozaitis
Fantastic trip, which I have waited 50 years to do... Meeting local people, being invited to their homes and seeing the country as they see it and not just as a tourist. (more)Jeremy Martineau
From US $350 - US $525 per accommodation per week

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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