Burnout. It’s a feeling many of us are all too familiar with. Overworked, under-resourced and quite frankly fed up of the constancy of the calls, texts and emails that come through all hours of the day. Giving yourself a day off from it all might sound like just the cure. But it also requires some serious self-discipline and dedication to the cause. With that in mind, it could also prove the perfect time to physically get away from it all, too. These are some of our favourite locations for a digital detox retreat…
The Ranch Malibu
Living their life in front of the public, it’s no wonder many a celebrity have visited The Ranch Malibu’s picture-perfect retreat centre, escaping pesky paparazzi and factoring in some time to focus on their fitness. Here, you’d be hard-pressed to find any cell phone service and there is no publicly available WiFi. Guests are left with nothing but time on their hands to reflect, revive and recharge. Swap your takeaway coffee and social media scrolling for a morning off-grid, hiking the California hills and partaking in a range of scheduled fitness classes before refuelling on sustainable, plant-based cuisine.
The Mandarin Oriental
The luxury hotel connoisseurs have expanded their hospitality programme in recent years, with wellness programmes that delve beyond the basics. New for 2018, the Digital Wellness Escape can be enjoyed as a stand-alone 90-minute day retreat to give you a chance to lock your phone away reconnect with yourself. Relax with a stress-relieving massage, enjoy introspection with a meditation session, and engage your mind in a DIY mask or a selection of brain-teaser toys. Alternatively, extend your stay and enjoy two nights tech-free: your mind and body will thank you for it.
Rancho La Puerta
Rancho la Puerta opened in 1940 – a time when digital detoxes were hardly necessary. Queue 2018 and the focus on engaging with nature, focusing on health and wellness and finding the space to do just that, is still a focus. Guests are prohibited from using mobile phones in public spaces and are encouraged to engage with their surroundings and each other rather than their smartphones. While there is WiFi in some communal areas, you’ll find yourself searching for a very good excuse to tap into it.
Ultima Thule Alaska
If you’re looking to truly get away from it all, opt for a stay at Ultima Thule. This luxury lodge is nestled deep in the Alaskan wilderness. Adventure travellers will be spoilt for choice with an endless selection of activities on offer to keep you off your phone. Even if you’re tempted, the lodge is 100 miles from the nearest road. This means there is no cell service and WiFi available only on request – though we can’t think of a reason you’d need it.
Digital Detox Safari by Jacada Travel
Tailor-made luxury travel experiences in the heart of the African wilderness. Sound like your idea of a retreat in nature? Jacada Travel is a bespoke luxury travel agency, customising itineraries and experiences based on the needs of their clients. Their Digital Detox Safaris take place in locations across the African continent. These holidays are marketed as an immersion in ‘tech dead zones’. Upcoming safari experiences in Botswana offer the chance to see unique wildlife including leopards, lions and wild dogs.