Unusual holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

We've brought together a unique selection of unusual places to stayfrom across the globe. From tipis in Wales to tree houses in Thailand all our unusual accommodation owners are committed to supporting the local community and working to reduce the environmental impact of your stay.
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from 1550 (7 days) ex flights
Gambia holiday accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from 12.50 - 30 per person per night incl breakfast
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Experience what it really felt like to be a warrior under the Great Khan, from 2150 (9 days) ex flights
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from 400 - 600 per week
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Traditional houseboats, from 385 - 750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Transylvania holiday accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from 36 - 49 per person per night
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from 1254 (15 days) ex flights
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury Eco Yurt Royale sleeps up to 6, from 1540 - 1925 per accommodation per week
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from 720 (7 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from 400 - 510 (8 days) ex flights
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Our cabin is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside, from 264 per week (sleeps 2)
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
A small orchard resort on the edge of the rainforest, from MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Great Ocean Road accommodation, Australia
Award winning ecolodge on the Great Ocean Road, from AU $320 - AU $380 per double room per night
Osa Peninsula rainforest wildlife lodge in Costa Rica
Amazing ecolodge in the heart of the Osa, from US $160 - US $225 per person per night
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
A luxurious eco-lodge in wildlife rich Ecuadorean Amazon, from 846 (4 days) ex flights
Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge holiday
Bike and barge from Amsterdam to beautiful Bruges, from 790 (8 days) ex flights
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from 580 - 850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Spanish Pyrenees historic B&B
Guest house in volcanic park of La Garrotxa, from 100 - 130 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Transylvania bed and breakfast accommodation
Carefully restored 18th century Saxon village house, from 36 per person per night
Northumberland self catering barn conversion, England
Barn conversion in Hadrian's Wall, from 265 - 505 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Transylvania holiday, Dracula tours in Romania
Follow the steps of Harker in search of count Dracula, from 979 - 1099 (7 days) ex flights
Liguria holiday accommodation, self catering apartments
Stay in a restored medieval village, from 390 - 1200 per apartment per week (sleeps 2-6)
Hiking with huskies holiday in Finland
Wilderness hotel and guided husky trekking tours., from 998 - 1138 (6 days) ex flights
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from 650 - 700 per person per week
Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation
Sri Lankan wilderness camp, bird- and wild elephant watching, from US $110 - US $140 per person per night
Laguna Torca farmstay accommodation in Chile
Farmstay holiday on a Chilean farm beside Laguna Torca, from CLP70000 per villa per night (sleeps 4)
Converted Monastry accommodation in Crete, Greece
Self catering replica monastery accommodation, from 122 - 162 per house per night
Rainforest accommodation in Dominica
A small hotel set within mountain rainforest wilderness, from US $110 - US $130 per room per night
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from 495 - 550 (7 days)
Sigiriya ecolodge & tree houses, Sri Lanka
Secluded eco retreat close to Sigiriya, from US $110 - US $130 per double room per night

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Laguna Torca farmstay accommodation in Chile
Memorable parts? Soledad and Charles were incredible hosts. The surroundings were beautiful, the house was incredibly comfortable, and we enjoyed the serene nature all around us. We also enjoyed visiting the llamas, who were quite hospitable! Tips? The location is off the beaten path, but well worth the effort if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to visit. Local benefits? With the location in a small community, we definitely felt that we made a small contribution... (more)Sian Wayt Wingerup
From CLP70000 per villa per night (sleeps 4)
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this holiday 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
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Fantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! (more)Hazel Tyror
I had the best time imaginable in Asturias doing Intensive Spanish each day with Ana Rodriguez Garcia and walking in the Picos speaking Spanish each afternoon. Accommodation in the simple hotel was perfect. The town was great and the course superbly well run. It was the best decision ever to take this course. And Ana went far beyond any expectation many times during the week. (more)Marianne Gorman
Had a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. (more)Andrew Robinson
From 720 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
I loved everything about this trip. Excellent teacher, varied and interesting lessons, lovely peaceful rural village, stunning scenery, great excursions, good fun, good introduction to culture and gastronomy of Spain. (more)Helen Kearney
We greatly enjoyed this unique adventure in learning the language and experiencing a culture and having an action-oriented vacation. And we are in our 60's. (more)Margaret Johnson
From 720 excluding flights
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 holiday, 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
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
We had a 24hr period where everything just went right. Killer Whales, dolphins and a surprise display of a fantastic Aurora...It was a fantastic holiday. (more)Jenny Lacey
The most memorable parts were seeing the Orca swim under the bridge we were standing on and the grade 5 Aurora Borealis - painting the sky in technicolour! (more)Keith Muir
Good holiday. The emphasis is on photography (all levels) and there is enough time at each stop. Experienced photographers to help you and you also get to see some lovely places in Iceland. (more)Rebecca
From 1550 excluding flights
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
My best holiday 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
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
Most memorable was walking through the Amazon with one of the Sani guides (whose father happened to have established the Sani Lodge), in the rain, through the mud, finding the most incredible birds, reptiles, insects and plants. (more)Julia Saurazas
The tapir emerged from the forest and remained at the clay lick drinking water for an extended period of time. Simply remarkable. (more)Robert Roberto
We loved the Eco-lodge that we stayed at, the Napo Wildlife Center. It was beautiful, well appointed and our guides were absolutely top notch. We learned an incredible amount and got to experience a wonderful place with wonderful people. (more)Elizabeth Essner
From 846 including domestic flights only
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The whole trip was very memorable, horse riding, local, landscape, culture everything was amazing Tips? just be ready to let yourself go and enjoy being in a very different authentic existence for a while Local benefits? The locals were key to the whole trip and were very happy to be sharing their culture Overall rating? absolutely amazing experience (more)Dave Redfern
From 2150 excluding flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
The most memorable parts were the Food, the Huskies, the snowmobile trip. (more)John Rawstrone
Very memorable and would not hesitate to visit again, given the time and opportunity. Exciting part was the Snow Shoe walk at night in the Woods with an experienced guide imparting knowledge about the fauna and wildlife. (more)Tan Juliana
Though not able to see any northern light, the only memorable night was the smoked salmon dinner. (more)HC Toh
From 1095 - 1245 including UK flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
Exceptional, unforgettable...The people at the hotel, the peace and solitude of the place, nature (more)Olga Coulton-Shaw
Probably one of the best holidays 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
Very good for food and weather. Hotel had very friendly staff. taking boat trips around the coast. Snorkelling in the sea...Just lounging around on the beach reading was hugely enjoyable! (more)Rob Dimery
From 495 - 550
Swedish Lapland holiday 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
Cirali beach holiday, Turkey
One of the main reasons we picked Cirali as our holiday 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
Kerala homestay tour, India
This certainly would be rated up amongst one of the best holidays we have had...Getting off of the beaten track and being introduced to the real India (more)Sylvia Shilliam
This was a tremendous experience...drifting peacefully through the backwaters on our own private rice barge was one of the most memorable experiences. (more)Daphne Donkin
Really enjoyable. The homestays exceeded our expectations. (more)Rosanna reynard
From 1254 excluding flights
Transylvania holiday accommodation
We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... (more)martin davis
An unforgettable holiday 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
Devon self catering cottage, 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 holiday 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 holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Staying on the houseboat was the most memorable part!...I would give it an A+. (more)Cathy Halley
The most memorable part of the holiday was ...Spending a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings without a TV. (more)Amanda Curtis
Simply sitting back, enjoying the peace and tranquillity was the most memorable...We genuinely think we had very little impact on the environment. We spent money in local shops - although the nearby Waitrose was a temptation! (more)Tony Dunne
From 385 - 750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Although it was a short break, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and felt refreshed both physically and psychologically for it. (more)Carolyn Moore
The cabin was beautifully constructed and we enjoyed a very relaxing time in an interesting part of the country. (more)Bob Simmonds
Most memorable? The building itself that we stayed in - a straw bale cabin. I'd never even heard of such constructions before and so I was intrigued at the prospect. I loved its comfort, location and overall kookiness. (more)Damian Slee
From 264 per week (sleeps 2)
Kerala homestay tours
The most memorable parts were the overnight trip on a rice barge and the canoe trip through villages. (more)Brenda Fox
The most memorable part was the stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. (more)Peter Shepherd
Excellent....By far the best food is to be had at homestays. (more)Maggie Carr
From 400 - 510 excluding flights
Traditional crafts holiday in Scotland
The most memorable part was the excitement of watching the different colours emerging as we used natural dyes and the anticipation of what could be created using them. I have never felt so invigorated, and relaxed?!!!, at the same time. (more)Diane Peel
I loved the whole process of gathering natural materials (lichen, fungus, nettles, birch bark, etc) to dye the wool, the dyeing itself and the amazing array of colours we created with single and secondary dyes. (more)Jennifer Woodward
I felt relaxed during my holiday but I also learned a lot that I could bring back and use during my college studies for sculpture and textiles. It was an excellent combination without the fuss of dye labs and overly processed and wools. (more)Tegan Ford
From 745 - 895 excluding flights
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Kenya
Crawling like a crocodile on the sand, and my failed attempt to climb a tree, stick out in my mind. It's provided a lot of comic fodder to my friends when I tell the stories. I LOVED boxing, the food was absolutely delicious and just seeing the "before and after" videos of myself was very motivational. (more)Tania Zwicky
Go for it, you will discover a different (and fun) way to do fitness in a beautiful environment and spirit. (more)Sandrine de La Pommeraye
Just book it! You will not regret it for one moment! I have never got so much out of a two week trip in my life. Beautiful scenery, great exercise, super food, luxury accommodation and a refreshing new take on local culture and environment. (more)Karen O'Mahony
From 2150 excluding flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
We loved every aspect of this accommdation... We dream of returning soon. My daughter and I rank this accommodation as our best holiday ever. (more)Judith Doyle
This was a totally relaxing, getaway holiday...John and Maureen are wonderful hosts and if you are looking for this kind of restful holiday this place is perfect. Excellent - it surprised my husband how much he enjoyed it. (more)Mary Head
Fantastic - the hosts were utterly friendly, welcoming and entertaining. They seem to have thought of everything, and nothing was too much trouble. (more)Claire Bowring
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Cuba holiday, small group tours
Visiting Santa Clara and seeing the Che Guevara Mausoleum and statue was the most memorable part of the holiday...10/10. Absolutely perfect. (more)Genevieve Isherwood
We really enjoyed this holiday. We had a fantastic range of experiences and met some wonderful people. We've travelled extensively, but Cuba is pretty much a unique destination. (more)Alan Shelton
From 1495 including domestic flights only
Isle of Wight tree house accommodation, England
Memorable parts? The location Tips? Prepare for a lovely time Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Fantastic (more)Edward Cossart
From 150 - 250 per accommodation per night
Yoga retreat in Portugal with Tango
Fantastic would recommend to everyone...The most memorable part of the holiday was the family that run the retreat. They are so warm, loving and welcoming that it felt like spending a week with family. (more)Rebecca Hones
super great, a big bravo to the Moses team, teachers, benevoles and family, they are the one making it magic ! (more)Sophie Durlot
From 650 excluding flights
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 holiday, 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
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
Osa Peninsula rainforest wildlife lodge in Costa Rica
Wonderful! Gorgeous surroundings, beautiful and comfortable accommodations, and an amazing, helpful staff made this a honeymoon to cherish and remember! (more)melissa mansfield
The amount of wildlife is amazing. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, a baby sloth, poison dart frogs and a roadguarder snake, while the various sofas and spots to laze about on the terrace were great for bird-watching, with scarlet macaws and toucans easy to spot. (more)Christopher Ewers
From US $160 - US $225 per person per night
Tobago beach accommodation
This is an amazing place to hang out and bond with those you love. Beautiful, relaxing and a place you will hope to return to. (more)JUDITH DOYLE
The view from the accommodation was just amazing. The food was delicious and just the general relaxed vibe of the area and it's people!...10/10 without a doubt! Best holiday we've had! (more)Helen Youngman
Most memorable were the views from our house as well as the village where we stayed...Fantastic is the word. (more)Vlad Waley
From 85 - 225 per accommodation per night
Pembrokeshire luxury barn accommodation in Wales
Memorable parts? Beautiful walks along the Pembrokeshire coast where we saw lots of wildlife including choughs, peregrine falcons and dolphins. Tips? Use the service provided to order your food before you arrive. It was wonderful and we didn't have to lug food all the way from London! Local benefits? An extremely eco-friendly farm with solar panels, geothermal heating and many more features. Buying the food from the service provided also benefited local farmers. Overall... (more)Nicola Goddard
From 600 - 1365 per accommodation per week

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday 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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