Going cold turkey from your phone can be a terrifying prospect, but trust us when we say that it’ll do wonders for your mind, body, and soul. So much of our lives have been spent hunched over a desk and peering down at our phones, that we don’t realise how being digitally immersed can be so negative on our health. These digital detox retreats aim to change the way we live in the 21st-century.

Each armed with extensive measures to minimise or prevent the use of personal devices, these retreats are a godsend for those looking to completely switch off from society. Now that we’ve reached the end of the year, the prospect of not receiving any emails or having to socialise sounds like a pretty good holiday to us. Whether you’re seeking a few hours’ break or a week-long absence from your phones, these are the best digital detox retreats to do it at. 

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The Hideout

Nestled within the sleepy tropical island of Koh Ya Noi, The Longhouse Jimbaran is an oasis that offers an all-round wellness experience within an eco-friendly environment. The villas here are all tech-free, and make for the perfect respite away from the bustle of city life, especially when they’re perched high within the treetops with stunning views of the untouched coast. 

Mindfulness is a big focus here, so expect to choose from a wide variety of experiences which focus on the mind, body, and soul. Besides rejuvenating massages, daily yoga classes, and jungle meditation, the seven-day Digital Package also does wonders for your mental and physical health by offering nutritious meals and trips to the neighbouring islands nearby, all while restricting the use of personal devices.

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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Those who can’t bear the thought of more than 24 hours away from their Instagram feed will appreciate Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur’s Digital Silence Service, which helps guests embark on a less tedious half-day or overnight digital disengagement. Headed by the establishment’s spa, the five-hour program — co-developed with Mayo Clinic — trades your phone for mindful activities. Besides yoga and journalling, which give you time to focus on your thoughts, there’s also a massage specially created for areas affected by the repetitive use of electronic devices, such as the shoulders, neck, and eyes. Healthy food will also be served to keep the zen at a high. 

3
Capella Ubud

Now a name synonymous with luxury and well-being, Capella has applied its signature touch to its Ubud property, where plenty of activities have been curated to enrich the mind and body. The 24 Hours “Confined to Quarters” is one that allows you to properly disconnect from the outside world.

The journey takes place for an entire day from sunrise to sunset, starting with Yin and Yang Yoda on your very own private deck of your tented villa. The course will also take you through Swadhistana Chakra Balancing, a Senja Sunyi Massage, a full bath ritual, and a camp-inspired dinner tailored by its in-house chef. The experience culminates with a purification ritual at the hotel’s Wos Beji River temple, which guests have access to via a scenic walk through the jungle. 

4
Shreyas Yoga Retreat

You’ll be tempted to document as much of your trip here as possible, but there’s no better way to experience the natural beauty of Shreyas Yoga Retreat than by enjoying it tech-free. Situated away from the madness that is Bangalore, the peaceful site is known to be one of Indian’s best yoga retreats.

It might not be a sprawling establishment, but the establishment still excels in providing the simple luxuries. This retreat’s main focus is yoga and meditation, but the Anaha Spa’s Ayurveda therapies are also a treat for the weary. For the ultimate detox, indulge in the property’s menu that incorporates organic vegetables from its own five-acre kitchen garden.

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Mandala Spa and Resort Villas

Perched on a hillside amidst a lush garden of trees and flora, the Mandala Spa and Resort Villa in Boracay knows exactly how to free your mind from the distractions of the digital world. Of the many options there, the Digital Detox Villa is one of the most popular for those looking for an escape, especially since there’s neither wi-fi nor a TV provided.

Still, it’s not a bad trade-off considering the award-winning resort offers plenty of spa and wellness activities to switch off with. The treatments here combine natural ingredients with ancient native remedies, making the experience here truly one-of-a-kind.

Shatricia Nair
Senior Writer
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.