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5 of the best digital detox retreats

13 December 2019 08:17

Throw yourself into an analogue escape.

Throw yourself into an analogue escape.

Press reset on your digitally dominated life and escape to one of our five favourite wellbeing retreats...

1. Restival

The name might suggest a venue with a pyramid stage, but this retreat is better suited to mastering the pyramid pose. Venues for this five-day retreat change every year. They're chosen for their remote locations that make living off grid easier and checking your Instagram feed almost impossible. More than a simple glamping experience with luxury spa treatments, this trip includes yoga and meditation classes to help you unplug.

2. Vichy Spa Hotel

This high-end spa in Vichy, south eastern France, has carefully crafted its own 'Digital Detox Cure'. Guests are invited to leave their phones in the hotel safe before a thorough digital detachment regime ensues. Expect a medical and nutritional consultation and psycho behavioural coaching to combat screen-based behaviour. Healthy meals fuel a programme of physical exercise held in the venue's picturesque grounds. Recommended retreats last a minimum of three days.

3. Chewton Glen Digital Detox

Those serious about exorcising their electronics can choose this three-day digital detox. Apple amnesty aside, your rooms are stripped of TVs, iPads and radios to encourage you to appreciate your surroundings. Luckily the New Forest and the hotel's enchanting tree houses are extremely easy on the eye. Yoga, meditation and Nordic walks are fuelled by a menu of alkaline foods aimed at redressing your pH levels.

4. Time To Log Off

Founded by Tanya Goodin, a digital entrepreneur who grew concerned at the damaging effects of technology, Time To Log Off's retreats place an emphasis on natural beauty and physical activity. Venues range from Somerset to Italy to Hawaii and specialised retreats are on offer for internet-addicted teenagers. Hand in your devices at the start of the retreat and leave with a plan for the boundaries you'll set yourself for screen time when it's back to 'real life'.

5. Playa Viva

This Mexican hotel strips its eco-luxury rooms of telephones and TVs, encouraging guests to make the most of its calendar of activities. Morning yoga and regular meditation sessions see guests bond with each other over their enthusiasm for wellbeing and the opportunity to connect doesn't end there. Explore Juluchuca and the surrounding area by volunteering in a local turtle sanctuary or working with the community in specially organised workshops.

Destined for a detox? Don't forget to get covered!

Remember your travel insurance before you disconnect. At World First, we provide last-minute travel insurance, so you can be covered when you discover a digital free lifestyle.