Kickstart your digital detox at these incredible resorts around the world
Here's a snapshot of our current reality — it's not surprising to go to a restaurant and find people texting during dinner, posting an Instagram while lounging on the beach, and watching Netflix from their tablets the minute they head home. From email alerts to social media updates, technology has become omnipresent in the home, at the office, on our commutes, and even on holidays. When is enough, enough? The good folk at luxury tour operator Scott Dunn shares exclusively with us expert insight into the most stunning destinations for a tech-free rejuvenating getaway. From a tropical hideaway on a secluded island to a spa retreat in the Himalayas, each destination on this list will encourage guests to fully unplug and recharge.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
The Maldives is made for visitors looking to detox and rejuvenate, and Gili Lankanfushi is one of the country's most beautiful all-over-water villa resorts, with palatial stilt villas suspended over crystal clear waters. Upon arrival, guests will meet their Mr. Friday — a private butler — who will satisfy every need. The award-winning Meera Spa offers tired travellers the opportunity to indulge in an assortment of treatments while listening to the calming sounds of the ocean. For guests looking for the ultimate privacy with uninterrupted views of the ocean, the property's Private Reserve is a haven, accessible only by a private boat 500m from the island. A stay at Gili Lankanfushi will encourage travellers to switch off from the outside world while doing all or nothing.
Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
If you're looking for a hidden health retreat to maximise your detox plan, the Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Bali, is the ultimate choice. Located on a quiet riverbank in Bali's tropical jungle, the Estate offers a holistic rejuvenation experience, from an extensive spa and health programme to hydrotherapy pools and private yoga exercises. Meals are truly bespoke, with a chef on site to create dishes to complement your treatments. There's also a raw food restaurant, Glow, for an all-round healthy dining experience. The gorgeous and secluded landscapes of Como Shambhala Estate will melt away troubles and the stress and tension in your muscles.
Ananda in The Himalayas
Above the holy city of Rikishesh sits Ananda, home to one of the world's finest destination spas. Set in the foothills of the tranquil Himalayan mountain range, Ananda overlooks the peaceful Ganges River and is surrounded by the soothing Sal forest. A wellness retreat at Ananda includes a series of customised therapeutic experiences from Ayurvedic consultations to scrubs, body masks, massages, and yoga sessions. Guests are pampered by an award-winning team of nutritionists, Western and Ayurverdic physicians, and spa therapists with an understanding of both ancient Indian practices and modern treatments. The abundance of relaxing treatments set in the most serene surrounds will result in a truly rejuvenating experience — all your modern devices will be long forgotten.
Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
Kamalaya on the spectacular south coast of Koh Samui focuses on all aspects of health and wellness. The renowned sanctuary features a holistic spa offering personalised treatments to promote harmony of mind, body and soul. The property's elegant design reflects its concept of integrating self and nature; nestled amidst natural streams and tropical vegetation. The team at Kamalaya is passionate about creating a lifestyle rather than just a quick retreat; everything from the clothes to meals and treatments are tailored to help guests achieve their aims — whether that be to detox, achieve fitness or training goals or overall mental and physical wellbeing. Kamalaya is perfect for those looking to find true inner peace and achieve total relaxation.
L'Albereta, Lombardy, Italy
The L'Albereta, located in the hills of Franciacorta in Italy, is a luxurious boutique hotel that oozes charm and character and radiates calmness and inner peace. Its 2000 sqm Henri Cheno spa and wellness centre is dedicated to the well-being of body and mind, offering bespoke programmes that integrate wellness and dietary regimens. For guests who have had their share of spa treatments, there's the option to escape from bustling city life by touring the beautiful Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi vineyards on horseback before unwinding with hydro-massages in the hotel's heated indoor pool. With endless activities and treatments to choose from amidst the mesmerising backdrop of the Italian countryside, guests will leave feeling relaxed and fully recharged. The best sleep of your life begins here.
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