Put Down the Phone: 6 Digital Detox Escapes To Take Now
The Digital Detox (Koh Totang, Cambodia): $1,550 for six daysHaven’t you always wanted to harvest mangoes with 11 other tech-addicted maniacs? If so, then you’ve got to sign up for this April wellness retreat on a remote island in idyllic Cambodia. There, you’ll de-stress with yoga, meditation, healthy eating and, yes, mango harvesting--all to help you regain balance and perspective. Prepare to come back feeling so relaxed, you won’t even notice the latest iOS rollout.
Lake Placid Lodge (Lake Placid, New York): $1,340 for two nightsWhen you sign up for this Adirondack lodge’s two-night “Check-In to Check-Out” package, you thereby promise to leave all electronic devices at the front desk. (Don’t worry—you can probably convince the night guy to let you sneak a peek at your email.) Then spend the weekend tobogganing, hiking, reading New York Times best sellers (they have a stack on hand) and enjoying your in-room entertainment: the fireplace.
Breath of Fresh, Canadian Air
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (British Columbia, Canada): Regular pricing plus a $370 detox feePower down and give ranch life a try at this quiet resort with fantastic views of the Canadian countryside. (We recommend visiting in the springtime.) The new digital detox package includes a hot-oil massage, guided horseback ride and complimentary iPhone app that disables your smartphone for the duration of your stay. In other words, less Candy Crush, more fly-fishing.
Quiet in Costa Rica
Via Yoga (Garza, Costa Rica): $3,295 for April 12-19A weeklong yoga retreat is great. But who can focus on their lotus with a cell phone in hand? At the beach-front Via Yoga Digital Detox in Costa Rica, you have to hand over all electronics upon arrival--then spend the week doing 120-minute yoga sessions and stand-up paddleboarding (with nary an incoming text to distract you). Can't make the April dates? If you promise to give up your gadget at another upcoming getaway, your vacay will be discounted 15 percent off the regular price.
Camp Grounded (Navarro, California): $597 for three daysSummer camp for grown-ups? Yes, it exists, and no, you can’t bring your laptop. One of the cardinal rules at the all-ages Camp Grounded is “No digital technology allowed.” Really. Period. Instead, expect fireside sing-alongs (to, like, Wilco, we assume), crafting workshops and plenty of chitchat in your gender-segregated cabin (sneaking out encouraged). Register now for summer 2014.
Where: Westin Dublin (Dublin, Ireland): Regular pricing plus a $240 detox feeJames Joyce never had Google Maps, so why should you? Explore the Irish capital sans smartphone with the Westin’s new digital detox package, which includes breakfast in bed, complimentary massages, self-guided walking tours (you get a paper map) and an in-room safe in which to hide your gadgets from yourself.