Given the news of late, the case for unplugging from our smartphones and tablets has never been stronger. Although a screen-less existence may not be realistic over the long haul, a digital detox with a Vacay unplugged can provide a brief getaway from constant connectivity. For years, hotels have lured travelers with the promise of a respite from chaotic everyday life. Now they’re wooing guests with full-fledged “recovery” programs that overtly address digital dependency through techniques like mindfulness meditation, short-term silence, and forest bathing.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
At Mexico’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya – All Inclusive, taking the plunge is an exercise in fun. Families that choose to participate in the four-day digital detox program will exchange their electronics for free of charge activities like snorkeling excursions and bike tours. If those perks don’t inspire you, the resort’s rule stipulating that guests complete the four-day program before obtaining their devices back will.
Hugging the coast where the Caribbean Sea meets the Yucatan jungle, Grand Velas Riviera Maya takes you beyond all inclusive. Savor gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs, bring balance to body and mind with treatments in their holistic spa and unwind in suites with private terraces, plunge pools and uninhibited water views. Find refuge on the white sand beach or lounge by the infinity pool, paired with attentive service from their concierge. Schedule a massage in the comfort of your suite. Join an exciting excursion to explore lush jungles, underwater caves or Mayan ruins. Or, grab a drink at one of their vibrant lounges. This is luxury re-defined.
Relax at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 indoor and 3 outdoor swimming pools and a sauna. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access if you decide you can’t do without, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). The complimentary beach shuttle makes getting to the surf and sand a breeze.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya is resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. Enjoy regional cuisine at Chaka, one of the resort’s 8 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at the complimentary reception, held daily. Visit one of the 6 bars/lounges, 2 beach bars, and 3 poolside bars for a refreshing drink. A complimentary full breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to noon.
Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize, Mexico
The Blancaneaux Lodge, in Belize, Mexico, offers a similar incentive structure. As a part of the lodge’s Family Face Time Package, travelers who check in their devices during family mealtimes will earn $10 every hour toward a purchase at the gift shop, where they can pick up souvenirs like colorful huipils and hand-carved wood masks.
Located in Mountain Pine Ridge, Blancaneaux Lodge is on a river, within a 15-minute drive of Big Rock Waterfalls and Five Sisters Falls. It’s a dramatic hideaway in a rain-forest wonderland. In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the hideaway was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993.
Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury hideaway where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting allows guests to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya and to return to their own thatched roof dwelling, rich with Guatemalan décor and nestled in the foliage of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve.
Treat yourself with Blancaneaux Lodge massages and body treatments. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional amenities at this lodge include complimentary wireless Internet access if you need it, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Enjoy Italian cuisine at Montagna Ristorante, one of the lodge’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.
Eremito, Umbria, Italy
Those who are more serious regarding their experiment in tech-free living may contemplate Eremito, an ascetic Adults Only retreat in Umbria, Italy, that’s designed to mimic the experience of living in a monastery, albeit one within the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. What the 21-room property lacks in TVs, phones, and Wi-Fi, it makes up for with its pastoral setting and spare however lovely stone accommodations. The minimalist retreat goes even further with its well-being programming, providing meals from ingredients grown within the hotel’s organic garden, restorative treatments at the hewn-stone spa, and dinners taken in complete silence.
Eremito is a unique place, a lay hermitage located in an isolated spot, where one can spend a relaxing and reinvigorating time, away from the daily hustle and bustle of daily life. One can breathe and sense the atmosphere characteristic of Umbrian hermit places; here the combination of nature, peace and silence encourages being in touch with one’s soul and inner self.
Eremito features a spa tub and a steam room. The farm stay offers a restaurant. A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. This Parrano farm stay also offers a rooftop terrace, spa services, and a library.
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including a spa tub and a steam room. This farm stay also features a fireplace in the lobby and a picnic area. If you’re planning a day at a nearby theme park, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle. Enjoy a satisfying meal at Refettorio serving guests of Eremito.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
If you prefer a more cutting-edge approach to a digital-detox Vacay, a stay at the Villa Stéphanie spa resort at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa is simply the ticket. Relax and revive in the Black Forest. Created in the grand European tradition, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa is famed the world over for its exceptional elegance and preeminent spa.
One of Germany’s most celebrated venues, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa has been hosting dignitaries and the global elite for over 145 years. This historic legacy is reflected in the elegant character of the hotel and throughout the 104 rooms, many with balconies and views over the glorious park.
The German Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa medical spa, which is known for its weight-loss and detox program, has installed a complete “digital detox switch” in every of its fifteen Villa Stephanie guest rooms, giving guests the choice to utterly disconnect throughout their stays. Flicking the switch activates the copper grid within the walls which successively blocks out 96% of the surrounding radio waves and Wi-Fi signals. It’s the next best thing to self-control.
Baden-Baden itself is an extraordinarily busy cultural and sporting destination. Each year guests flock to the world-class autumn music festival at the Festspielhaus, the town’s iconic concert hall; Iffezheim race course has major fixtures in May, August and October; and throughout the year the three cutting-edge galleries host contemporary art exhibitions.