With more of us becoming increasingly dependent on technology for communication with loved ones we can’t see in person, as home offices and schools, and as one of our sole sources of entertainment when housebound, our screen times are at an all-time high. Though our digital support system has been very much needed during these testing times, it’s also felt difficult to truly switch off.
So if you’re looking to unplug and reconnect with what’s important, here are five digital detox destinations where checking out begins at check in…
Petit St. Vincent, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines – Caribbean
The castaway Caribbean island of Petit St. Vincent in the southernmost Grenadines is a private paradise all about laid-back, barefoot luxury. With just 22 cottages dotted about the sandy shores and windswept bluffs, this remote resort was social distancing long before the global pandemic. Without the distractions of in-room technology, and with limited internet available on the island, guests are invited to completely switch off from the rest of the world. Room service comes Robinson-Crusoe style through a flagpole communication system, delivering anything from fresh fruit platters to stacks of syrup-covered pancakes straight to your hammock. To take things to the next tranquil level, meditate to the sound of hummingbirds flitting between the treetops at the island’s hilltop Balinese spa, with four open-air treatment rooms to unwind with a selection of all-natural body scrubs and healing herbs.
Castle Hot Springs, Arizona – USA
Disconnect from the busy world and reconnect with yourself and nature at Castle Hot Springs with the rustic Bradshaw Mountains as the backdrop. The resort’s remote location, tucked in a rugged canyon surrounded by Saguaro Cacti, makes it an oasis in every sense of the word. With its digital detox philosophy, guests are encouraged to take in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert including the resort’s three hot springs which offer pristine 115-degree waters filled with revitalising minerals. The waters are also piped through for guests to enjoy in their rooms and to feed the three-acre sustainable farm. Spa services come in the form of custom cabanas set along the spring water creek under towering palm trees, with fully customised treatments using hot stones from the springs. Included in every stay is a whole host of immersive activities, from paddleboard yoga and guided hikes to mind and body classes and farm tours.
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, Indonesia
Set amidst a dramatic volcanic landscape on Bali’s north-eastern coast, Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali is where your restorative journey begins. The atmosphere throughout this uniquely peaceful and tranquil beachfront spot is that of low-key luxury with intricate Balinese woodwork and neutral fabrics that adds to the peacefulness. All the rooms and suites are private havens away from technology and television with terraces or balconies that overlook gardens or a clear blue sea. Spa programmes offer a holistic integration of healthy, wholefood cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, movement, mindfulness, daily scheduled activities, hands-on wellness workshops and natural health practices – the resort’s ‘Return to Yourself’ yoga retreat is especially designed for solo travellers seeking serenity.
The Lodge & Spa at Pico Bonito, Honduras
Recharge your batteries in the Honduran rainforest at this secluded eco-lodge, nestled in tropical gardens and surrounded by exotic wildlife. The comfortable cabins at The Lodge & Spa at Pico Bonito are scattered among old cacao groves, whilst the all-natural spa is set amongst the rainforest along the Corinto River. For sheer relaxation book a holistic treatment in one of the circular cabins built on stilts, or explore your adventurous side with nearby waterfalls and Mayan ruins. Animal enthusiasts will find more than 400 bird species, as well as kinkajous, peccaries, coatis, tyras, monkeys and jaguars and a resident butterfly farm that breeds over 40 species of tropical butterflies. From white-water rafting to bird-watching, the experiences you will encounter are totally connected to the local life around you.
Rawah Ranch, Colorado – USA
Set on 8,000 acres within the rugged Laramie River Valley, Rawah Ranch is the real deal when it comes to living the Wild West experience. Over an hour’s drive from the nearest town, this self-styled ‘dude’ ranch was socially distant before its time. The cosy wooden cabins immerse you in the comforts of luxury mountain living, and without the modern day distraction of in-room TVs, this is the ideal setting for some back-to-nature bonding time. With limited Wi-Fi on the ranch, guests are encouraged to explore the great Colorado outdoors – from fly fishing in the Big Laramie River, horseback riding and hiking, to safari tours and overnight camping trips, there is something to keep every cowboy and cowgirl entertained.