Constantly responding to emails, refreshing Instagram or scrolling through Twitter? If you’re addicted to your devices and are suffering the damaging effects, from a shorter attention span to trouble sleeping, you may be in need of a digital detox…
Yes, they’re a thing now – from spectacular treehouses in the New Forest to luxury resorts in Santorini – the cool crowd are catching on to this burgeoning trend that bans TVs, laptops, phones and more. If you’re brave enough to go digital cold-turkey and the idea of recharging your batteries and getting back to nature appeals, we’ve found the chicest places to switch off (literally).
Chewton Glen's Digital Detox Retreat, New Milton, Hampshire
For a UK-based detox that gets you back to nature, try Chewton Glen. Their three-day retreat has been carefully crafted by yogic healer Denise Leicester and includes a Swat-style room sweep of modern day distractions. Staying in one of the site’s spectacular treehouses, you’ll have plenty of time to read, think and generally unwind as you gaze into the surrounding New Forest. Guided yoga, meditation and Nordic walking, plus two Ila spa treatments (massage or facial) are on offer, while food follows an alkaline programme – think prawn and avocado cocktails, roasted heritage beets and poached fish and steamed chicken marinated in harissa – to reset your mind and body.
Email [email protected] for availability
Prices: Two-night Digital Detox Retreat, full board, from £1,305
Eremito, Umbria, Italy
Famed for its rustic beauty, this eco-hotel come secular monastery will transport you to another world in the Umbrian hills. Don’t expect any unnecessary flourishes here, the accommodation is deliberately pared back with whitewashed walls and crisp white bedding, while the delicious vegetarian menu, served in a candlelit refectory, is so good you won’t miss your TV one bit. There's also gentle yoga, a steam room, a tiny indoor pool and a meditation room, not to mention long walks in the lush woods, meadows and orchards surrounding the honey-stoned property, reading and quietly chatting to other guests.
Call 00 800 37 46 83 57 for further information
Prices: Single, full board, from £130 a night.
Grace Santorini's Digital Detox, Thira, Greece
Any excuse to visit this luxury hotel is okay by us. Clinging to Santorini’s famous caldera, with views over the Aegean Sea, the immaculate villas and jaw-dropping surroundings take escapism to a whole new level. Having left your digital devices at the door, you can focus solely on the amenities at hand, including a heated pool, Jacuzzi and massage room, where you can enjoy a full body scrub or massage. There are the usual yoga classes and meditation sessions of course, but the other real draw is the healthy Mediterranean menu – think strawberry and fennel salad, fish baked in a salt crust and orange and semolina pudding with hazelnuts. Trust us, you won’t miss your phone one bit.
20th April 2016 – 31st October 2016
Prices: Three-night Digital Detox retreat, from £1,855 per person, half board, based on four sharing.
Reclaim Yourself, Tofte Manor, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Healthy holiday company Reclaim Yourself offer a range of relaxing retreats around the world, but it’s their UK-based luxury yoga and digital detox weekend we rate. Taking place in November, the 17th-Century Tofte Manor, based within five acres of landscaped gardens, is the setting for Jivamukti yoga classes, meditation, Thai massage, Osteopathy and Zen Shiatsu, as well as delicious clean vegetarian food.
25th-27th November 2016
Prices: From £375 per person
Restival, Various Locations
If you favour a party vibe, book into Restival – the closest you’ll come to a summer festival combined with a digital detox. Their 'spiritual retreats' take place in some of the coolest and most remote places, including deep in the Sahara Desert, seven hours from Marrakesh, sprawled out in the Land of The Navajo in the USA and surrounded by trees in beautiful Swedish Lapland. Go off the grid with their five-day escapes full of yoga classes, meditation, spa treatments and zero signal (no sneaky texts for you), as well as accommodation ranging from eco-luxury tents to sophisticated cabins.
Restival USA in September 2016, Restival Morocco in November 2016, The Swedish Restival in June, 2017.
Prices: Five nights, all inclusive, from £1,200, including transfers.