While it may be tempting to snap a few pics for Instagram or tweet about your amazing holiday, sometimes taking a digital detox can be one of the best stress-relievers for your time away.
A study by BankMyCell found that one in five travellers pick up their phone six to ten times per hour, with 47% of tourists admitting that they regret overusing their smartphone on holiday. A recent article in the Telegraph suggests that using technology on holiday can reduce sleep quality and increase the chances of anxiety and depression when you return home. In the same article, another study implies if you leave your phone at home, you’ll be more likely to spend time outdoors and in nature which in itself can improve your mood in the long term.
As travel experts, we believe a holiday should not only be a fun and exciting, but a time to decompress from the stresses in life. With the studies in mind, we’ve done our own research and finalised our top resort picks for a digital detox getaway.
The use of mobile phones, smoking and TVs are a taboo at this Bali resort, as the staff are dedicated to ensure that you reach the highest level of tranquillity during your holiday to Bali. The Spa Village Tembok is a haven for wellness, with unique spa treatments such as Massage Under the Stars sessions, three different types of yoga classes and meditative walks on the beach. The Indonesian hotel uses traditional Indonesian practices to relieve your tensions, such as offering Balinese cuisines, cultural performances and tailor-made activities inspired by the island’s traditions.
The Ranch, Malibu, California
The Ranch in Malibu, California is a celeb-fave phone-free getaway having welcomed actresses Lea Michele, Rebel Wilson, Selma Blair, Alison Brie and Mandy Moore. Inspired by nature, this Southern California hotel offers guests the option to take part in the unplugged bootcamp. You’ll be given a week’s worth of leisurely activities from yoga to an hour-long silent hike, as well as a massage session. Phone use is limited to visitors’ guestrooms, but it is recommended to cut yourself off fully to truly detox from technology. Plus, signal is limited in the Malibu mountains.
Located on a private Caribbean island in the Grenadines, Petit St. Vincent has proudly boasted about their lack of Wi-Fi, televisions and mobile reception. With a stunning setting why would you want to be staring at your little screen? Enjoy the amenities the island has to offer, including a wellness centre, Balinese-inspired spa, two yoga pavilions and a range of water and land activities.
The breath-taking views of Oman’s Green Mountains is what attracts wellness-seekers to the illustrious Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. Perched on the edge of two canyons, 2000 metres above sea level, the dramatic scenery is said to be life changing. The Oman resort utilises its surroundings by offering outdoor activities around the area, including guided hiking and biking tours, a luxury mountain picnic with traditional Arabian seating and cuisine, rock climbing, astro-photography lessons, painting classes and plenty more. With so much to do and a stunning view to wake up to in the mornings, you’ll want to savour every moment rather than reach out for your mobile.
Located in the secluded surroundings of Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu offers a pristine location designed for guests to reintroduce themselves to Mother Nature. The eco-sensitive villas can be found on the barely touched beaches, overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. You won’t need your phone to keep you busy at the quiet Maldives resort as there are an abundance of water sports activities to try and spa services to treat yourself to. Plus, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to try scuba diving with the resort’s dive centre. Explore the deep blue with guided sessions lead by the resort’s resident marine biologist and immerse yourself in the beauty of the ocean. Don’t even try to bring your phone with you.