This year, unplug from smartphones, social media, and technology to swap it against the sound of nature on a resourcing digital detox retreat. We are all very connected, even more at work, many of us spend most of their day scrolling down our smartphones or responding to emails, it is sometimes difficult to fully switch off and relax, even when we have some time off. This over-exposure to technology can affect our sleep, mood focus and even our relationships with others. So it’s time to reconnect with ourselves during a long or short digital detox retreat!
1. It’s Time To Log Off, Iceland
One of the eight beautiful, luxurious cabins located at the edge of a farm in Iceland with mountain views, is the setting for It’s Time to Log Off’s digital detox retreat. You literally switch off on arrival when mobiles, tablets, laptops, Kindles, and Fitbits are confiscated. Immerse yourself in this Iceland digital detox retreat, and switch mindless scrolling against a mindful connection with nature and the great outdoors.
The various activities feature watching the Northern Lights, Yoga session, Sauna, Lake Mývatn geothermal visits and much more… The seven-night retreats take place in May and October. From £1,295 per person.
2. Maqai Beach Eco Resort, Fiji
Discover a new part of the world and head to the tiny Fijian island of Qamea. At The Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort your phone will get no reception and emails can’t reach you, instead, you can enjoy the ever-lasting sandy beaches and the clear blue water. Sandwiched between rainforest and coral reefs, you wouldn’t want anything to distract from diving, fishing, and surfing anyway. The resort also promotes sustainable living through a range of activities such as Kayak and Tours on the island. Look no further! Doubles from £76, all-inclusive.
3. Kamalaya, Koh Samui
Indulge in luxurious spa treatments in the middle of the lush landscape of Koh Samui on a tranquil retreat in Thailand that will make you completely forget about work emails and social media scrolling. Phones and electronic devices are forbidden once outside of your room, in order to preserve the calming energy of the surroundings. You can walk through the tropical rainforest, visit the Buddhist monk cave this digital detox retreat is built around and allow your mind to empty of everything except an appreciation for the moment.
4. White House Hotel, Herm
Sit back and relax at the White House Hotel. Indeed you won’t even be able to check the time at the only hotel on Herm. There are no clocks, TVs or telephones at the White House Hotel and you won’t find a car or bicycle on this tiny Channel Island either. This hotel runs tech-free retreats where mobiles are dropped off at reception on arrival. The aim: encourage you to embrace each corner of the beautiful island, relax, practice yoga and gaze at the stars. From £295 per person, two nights half-board.
5. Swaswara, India
Embrace the absence of phone, tablet or laptop on the perfect digital detox holiday in India. The retreat will help you to find new perspective on a spiritual and holistic holiday as you detach from the modern world and discover yourself through full-body naturopathic massages and cleansing detox treatments. You will also learn how to re-centre yourself with guided yoga classes, which will help you manage any work-orientated stress that may threaten to overwhelm.
6. Petit St Vincent Resort, St. Vincent And The Grenadines
Experience the beauty of nature at Petit St. Vincent. The Caribbean island resort has no telephones, televisions, or Wi-Fi in the 22 one- and two-bedroom ocean-view cottages and villas. Guests are encouraged to leave their cell phones at home and instead, take part in some low-tech activities, such as yoga, spa treatments at the Hillside Spa or simply rent out the entire island for the ultimate alone time.
7. Argoed Barns, Wales
This stunning dome is part of the Argoed Barns glamping site in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. It is totally off-grid, you won’t find any Wifi, plugs or phones there. However, you can enjoy a five-meter-long panoramic view of the Black Mountains, thanks to the 360° window. So just leave your phone and laptop behind, and take some time to relax far away from the crowd. From £120 for a double, room only.
8. Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
Consider it as the perfect “digital noise-free environment”: The Puerta, ask guests to turn their device ringers and alerts off, and the resort prefers guests use cell phones in their rooms rather than public spaces. Stay in one of 86 individual casitas throughout the resort and enjoy a mountain sage massage and float under the sun. You can also walk by a wine bar, juice bar or art studio. It three words: It’s paradise.
9. SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Enjoy total freedom on a digital detox holiday on the Spanish coast, and leave behind the stressful virtual world to set your own pace. At the SHA Wellness Clinic, mobile and music devices are rigorously banned. Instead you take the opportunity to listen to quiet calm before admiring a sun set on a peaceful beach walk. Unplug completely and experience the world at a slower pace as you savour every moment.
10. Playa Viva, Mexico
At Playa Viva, rooms are free of telephones and televisions to enjoy this amazing eco-destination. The 12 EcoLuxury rooms are each with a beachfront view. The resort features a wide range of activities, you can either get a morning yoga practice, volunteer at the turtle sanctuary, give back to the local community, engage in a workshop, or just relax completely in this little piece of heaven.