Tuning Out | Digital Detoxes

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, email, and text messages: let’s be honest, it’s pretty rare to go a day without checking at least one (or all!) of these platforms. Whether it’s emails from work or the ping of a social media notification, the world of communication can be an overwhelming factor in our day-to-day lives.

A true digital detox gives you the opportunity to get back in-tune with your body, mind and soul. People are placing more value on health and wellness. If popular wellness trends such as practicing mindfulness or using bullet journals as a self-care tracker are not vastly improving your mental health, try a digital detox. Aligned with the latest trends in wellness, these #TCApproved digital detox resorts and retreats are our top picks:

Grand Hotel Kronenhof

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Located in the idyllic mountain village of Pontresina, guests looking to retreat to a tech-free atmosphere can recalibrate their mind, body and soul and indulge in Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s digital detox package. Guests can go completely off the grid, enjoying three night or six night accommodations and unwinding in the 21,000-square-foot wellness center. Special daytime programs include a personalized 80-minute Haki purna massage and outdoor activities such as stand up paddling on Lake St. Moritz.

Jacada Travel 

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Delve deep into the African wilderness where the sound of nature, not notifications, awakes you. Your detox safaris with Jacada Travel would be filled with unforgettable encounters of regal lions and majestic elephants roaming free on your tented camp’s doorstep. The camps will get you immersed and re-connected with the real, physical world of incredible panoramas that are here just waiting to be explored. Which safari adventure do you want to explore – Tanzania, Botswana or Zambia?

Jamaica Inn

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At Jamaica Inn, there are no TVs, radios or clocks in-room. Located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica Inn boasts an eight-acre property situated on a private cove with an offshore reef two miles east of the town center. With a 700-foot secluded white sand beach, considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean, this remote resort is the perfect getaway for the traveler seeking ultimate relaxation with limited technology.

Kamalaya 

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Need a break from sensory overload? Located in the lush landscape of Koh Samui, Thailand – the revamped Kamalaya features a state-of-the-art spa that will make you forget all about work emails and social media scrolling. Electronic devices are forbidden once outside of your room, in order to preserve the calming energy of the surroundings. The location is pure serenity to the max: take a stroll through the tropical rain forest or visit the Buddhist monk cave this digital detox retreat is built around. Unwind further with organic facials and detoxifying scrubs, as you experience the pure bliss that accompanies the absence of technology. Equipped with some of Asia’s best healers, guests can enjoy a variety of fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, Ayurveda, acupuncture and cognitive healing.

Restival

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Restival is a different type of festival. Restival fuses the best of festivals and retreats through beautifully curated, intimate wellness travel experiences co-collaborating in harmony with indigenous cultures. A transformational retreat in nature, Restival offers the rare opportunity to reconnect with yourself, let your hair down, become a tribe and truly connect with nature in eco-luxe comfort. This wellness adventure is a reward for surviving modern life, it allows you to build the tool kit to thrive.

SHA Wellness Clinic

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Set in unparalleled surroundings near the beach in L’Alfas del Pi, the SHA Wellness Clinic is a zen escape from the digital world. The clinic’s SHA method aims to boost energy and vitality by integrating a 360-degree approach including nutritious cuisine, fitness regime, cognitive stimulation, and inner balance. SHA detoxes may include short periods of macrobiotic detox specific foods or juice fasting. Guests can stay for a minimum of seven days, but we recommend fourteen days for a full immersion.

If you are unable to travel far or need a brief meditation session, apps like Headspace and Calm are available in the palm of your hand. These apps are designed to clear your mind with a variety of meditation experiences and exercises.

-B.H.