Turn off and unplug: 4 true digital detox destinations
In a world which is always “on”, it’s becoming ever more difficult to unplug. But for those who can resist the temptation to scroll, like or poke their way through the day, there are now many opportunities to enjoy a proper screen break. And if there’s one thing we could all benefit from, it’s the chance to properly disconnect.
FOR THOSE SEEKING GUIDANCE… Bettina Campolucci’s Bali Retreat
Don’t we secretly pine for a mentor who’ll essentially tell us what to do and why? Bettina Campolucci is that mentor. Her first book, Happy Food, became a best-seller in both the UK and the US and now, you can join her on one of her Bali retreats.
Fans will not be surprised to know the food is plant-based, 100 per cent organic and locally sourced. Bettina even visits local farms to pick her own ingredients. Accommodation is just as dreamy: choose a suite or a villa, each enjoying a private pool.
Want personal development? Bettina runs daily vegan cookery workshops, where she creates delicious signature dishes. And while you are most welcome, your smartphone is not.
From £1,450 per person, bettinaskitchen.com
FOR THE FRAZZLED HIGH-FLYER… Roomzzz Aparthotles, London & Manchester
It’s almost impossible to feel refreshed these days. After all, we’re forever responding to emails, texts or WhatsApp, and it’s something British boutique aparthotel chain Roomzzz has got wise to with it’s JOMO package.
JOMO, you ask? Joy Of Missing Out. Upon checking into one of their London or Manchester Corn Exchange hotels (it’s only a trial for now), you’re encouraged to hand in your smartphone, which is placed in a box so you’re not tempted. If you feel agitated even thinking about being away from your phone for so much as a night,
you might have something approaching a problem.
And there’s more. At Roomzzz, you’ll be given sleep-inducing scents from Neal’s Yard Remedies, cosy socks and an eye mask to take the relaxation up a notch.
The JOMO package also offers gym access, a massage in your room, a yoga mat and a subscription to home workout service Les Mills On Demand, which includes yoga-based BodyBalance, Tai chi and Pilates disciplines. You’ll feel refreshed and never look at your phone again. Probably… roomzzz.com
FOR THE PERSON LOOKING TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL… Chiva-Som, Thailand
Chiva-Som means “haven of life”. Sounds tranquil, right? What’s less tranquil, yet much-needed, is the “strict” no electronic devices policy, which means no phones or tablets outside the privacy of your own room. This is a level of firmness we can get behind
The staff are committed to ensuring you feel relaxed and recharged, and your journey of the self comes from an extensive schedule of activities, including yoga, breathing and ‘Body Awakening’; this is a way of teaching guests to tune into their body and improve alignment, something we all need following too much phone-induced slouching.
FOR WEEKEND ESCAPISM… Hikers Digi Detox package, Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa
OK, cards on the table: £1,290 for two nights would have to be filed under “really special treat”. However, this is a stay that has been specially curated with a digital detox in mind.
At stunning Lodore Falls in Keswick, you’ll enjoy some of the most breath-taking scenery imaginable: rolling hills, unspoilt cottages and the lush English countryside. After all, this is a trip to refresh body, mind and soul, with healthy, locally sourced evening meals full of fresh ingredients and superfood smoothies to restore missing vim and vigour.
Because this is the Lake District, you’re given a Hike & Bike book, free boot hire and luxury packed lunch. With routes to suit every guest, regardless of hiking ability, you’re encouraged to switch off from technology and explore the surrounding countryside.
And what better place to do just that?
From £1,290, lakedistricthotels.net