The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

Escape from your digital devices in these isolated retreats.Whether the constant flurry of work emails, social media notifications
or onlinestreaming has you feeling drained, sometimes, you just need to unplug
and get away from it all. But detaching from electronic devices is easier said
than done. "Anyone can do it. It's just having the willpower," says
Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at Orbitz.com. That's why, it's important to go
somewhere that offers a winning combination of natural attractions, adventure and
wellness-oriented activities to truly absorb your local surroundings and boost your
physical and mental energy. With that in mind, leave your smartphone, tablets,
laptops and other gizmos at home and plan a technology-free getaway inone ofthese
tranquil locales.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

Tulum, MexicoTulum, the bohemian retreat on the southern edge of the
Riviera Maya, has long lured stressed-out cityslickers with its relaxed vibes,
beachside yoga classes and rustic eco-friendly boutiques. Offering alaid-back
character and authentic experiences, ithas retained a small-town community
charm, Tornatore says. For tech-junkies looking to disconnect entirely, the Grand
Velas Riviera Maya offers a Digital Detox program (complete with an on-site
detox concierge) and digital-free activitiessuch assnorkeling lessons and spa
treatments. And other hotels in the area, like the Maya Tulum Resort, offer three-
to seven-day Mind, Body and Spirit packages that include organic meals, yoga
classes and stays in thatch-roofed cabanas. Best of all, for those looking to commune
with nature, Tulum offersserene beaches, Mayan
ruins, colorful coral reefs and striking natural sinkholes known ascenotes.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

Tucson, ArizonaThe
Miraval
Resort Spa, tucked away in the Santa Catalina
Mountains in northern Tucson, is completely off the grid, says Alison Lewis,
founder and editor-in-chiefof Healthy Travel Magazine."You wake up with a morning
meditation," she explains, before enjoying activities like spinning,
tennis and photography classes. You can pick from a variety of customized, all-inclusive
packages focusing on wellness, fitness and meditation that cover the cost of
daily activities, meals, casita-style accommodations and even some spa services
(promotional rates start at $150 per person per day). And beyond on-site
activities to keep you away from your smartphone, guests are not allowed to use
their cellphone inside restaurants, she adds. But with indulgent spa services such as
the Sonoran Mud Wrap and Herbal Body Balancing treatment designed to reduce
tension, you'll probably willingly forgo Instagram scrolling for endless
pampering.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

The British Virgin IslandsIf you're hesitant to part ways with your technology,
Peter Island Resort Spa in the
British Virgin Islands - with its care-free vibes and
picturesque ocean views - offers the perfect remedy to recover quickly. While guest
rooms do include Wi-Fi access, overall technology use at this tucked-away
1,800-acre island is limited, Lewis says. Inside your accommodations, you'll
find a plush reading chair and a furnished balcony or patio, depending on the
room type. Beyond the accommodations, there are five beaches to explore,
decadent spa treatments and excellent hiking opportunities, giving you ample
inspiration to go tech-free. When you're not scuba diving, kayaking or paddleboarding,
you can get re-centered with morning yoga classes and indulgent spa treatments,
like a sea stone massage designed to soothe sore muscles or a vitamin C antioxidant
body scrub.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

Lake Como, ItalyFor a
relaxing European vacation that doesn't orbit around snapping and sharing
photos of iconic sights but rather embracing the natural scenery, head
to Lake Como, Lewis says. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is only an hourlong drive from
Milan and is filled with plenty of opportunities for rejuvenation, she adds. From
the three-floor fitness facility to the three on-site pools to the decadent spa
treatments, like the Grand Detox massage that incorporates a marine
algae wrap and scalp massage to eliminate toxins, there are endless ways to
keep your mind in the present momentrather thandistracted by technology. For a little more
activity, enjoy recreational pursuits like waterskiing, sailing, biking,
tennis or golf, or find your inner yen with an intense practice like Yoga Nidra
(deep relaxation) or Ashtanga Vinyasa.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

Big Sur, CaliforniaYou don't have to grab your passport to find striking scenery,
serenity and a low-tech atmosphere. At the Post Ranch Inn, an intimate hideaway
overlooking the Pacific Ocean in
Big Sur, you can spend some quality bonding time
with your better half as you enjoy guided hikes and nature walks, stargazing,
morning yoga sessions and extravagant spa treatments like a Renewal Ritual designed
to restore immune system health or a Reiki massage, a Japanese energy-balancing
technique that replenishes the body's natural energy flow. And inside each of
the individually designed mountain-facing and cliff-side rooms, you won't find
any alarm clocks or televisions. Instead, you'll find cozy fireplaces, deep-soaking tubs, along with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean or surrounding Santa
Lucia peaks - the perfect formula for a tech-free retreat.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

St. LuciaIt might be hard to resist sharing photos of Jade
Mountain's jaw-dropping vistas overlooking the mighty
Piton Mountains and the Caribbean
Sea, but with the property's lack of TVs and radios to maintain its
tranquil ambiance, you might just be inspired to put your technology on hold. Each room does offer Wi-Fi access, but guests
are asked not to use their cellphones in any public areas. Beyond the striking
views, you'll also have an array of on-site activities to keep you occupied, from
escorted walks and hikes to Yoga classes to scuba diving and water sports like kayaking
and stand-up paddleboarding.



The Top 7 Destinations for a Digital Detox in 2016

Santa Fe, New MexicoSanta Fe
is "one of those places where you can feel like you've stepped back in
time," Tornatore says. And with its wealth of wellness-oriented retreats,
upscale spas and spiritual-based settings, it's an ideal destination to unwind
and escape it all, she adds. She points to the Hotel St. Francis as an ideal sanctuary
to relax and recharge. For a little more indulgence, consider springing for a
stay at the Inn of the Five Graces, an intimate boutique with fireplaces,
deep-soaking tubs and unique spa therapies influenced by East Asian and Tibetan
practices. Though the property does offer complimentary Wi-Fi access and
in-room flat-screen TVs, you'll likely forget about work activity and social
media feeds as you admire the property's intricate textures, striking colors
and storiedadobe structures, and brush up on Santa Fe's rich cultural heritage
or check out the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains.