In this age of relentless digital bombardment, taking ourselves off-grid can be truly good for the soul. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top 5 digital detox retreats from all corners of the earth – suiting every taste and budget. No screens, no WiFi, just maximum wellbeing…
Onar’s 9 individual stone houses (sleeping 2-7) sit near a gorgeous deserted cove, on the east coast of the island of Andros. The national park setting is so secluded that it feels like a private resort on a private island. The experience is simplicity at its finest: sun, sea, delicious fresh food and stylish décor. Who needs a pool when you can stroll along the riverbed to the beach? Better yet, the houses are right next to a natural pool and waterfall. Bliss.
Rates start from £170 per house per night based on 2 people sharing.
Hidden in the north Cornish countryside, above the tiny village of Mawgan Porth, is Merlin Farm. Here you’ll find 4 attractive cottages (sleeping 2-4), all within an easy stroll of a golden-sand bay fringed by caves and rock pools. They come with top-spec eco credentials, floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning valley views. You can take wild walks along the coastal path or tuck yourselves away from the world, all while still being an easy drive from Cornwall’s top restaurants.
Rates start from £97 per cottage per night based on 4 people sharing.
Set in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains, the views of the African bushveld from Camp Shawu and Camp Shonga are simply stunning. Each camp sleeps just 10 guests, with a guiding ethos of keeping you close to nature and far from the madding crowd. This is an amazing area for game viewing; Camp Shawu’s front deck sits right at the edge of a watering hole, where big game and myriad birdlife sightings are near guaranteed.
Rates start from £391 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
An hour’s boat ride from La Paz, Isla Espíritu Santo is a nature reserve island with not a single hotel or marina. Located on one of its secluded beaches is Baja Camp. Despite its wild setting, this is glamping with strong emphasis on the ‘glam’. Expect large luxury tents with proper beds, warm showers, chilled cocktails and the freshest (and most delicious) seafood. Spend your days kayaking, trekking across the island, wreck diving and snorkelling with sea lions. This is what they call splendid isolation.
Rates start at £420 per tent per night based on 2 people sharing.
Pacuare Lodge provides a unique chance to be isolated in the rainforest and immersed in nature, but with fine wines and excellent food at hand. Sitting on a river bend amid gorgeous gardens filled with tropical flowers, most of its beautifully designed rustic-luxe cabins have plunge pools or 360-degree rainforest views. Awake to birds calling, monkeys swinging in the trees, and hummingbirds flitting between the flowers outside your window. While you’re here, try rafting, hiking, canopy tours and cultural experiences.
Rates start from £538 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.