We recharge our digital devices on a daily basis, but how often do we recharge ourselves? Being constantly exposed to our technical gadgets can lead to feelings of stress and restlessness. Can you recall the last time you were free from digital distraction, or had dinner with friends without glancing over your phone?

In today’s fast-paced society, technology and social media dominate our life more than we realise. The gadgets that are designed to make our lives easier create ‘noise’ that’s far from beneficial. Medical studies have proven that this constant exposure to technology affects our focus and sleep. It also causes stress, anxiety, burnout and even depression. No wonder we all feel exhausted, restless and worn out.

Shock to the social media system

How do we break away from digital noise and find silence and serenity? Mindfulness, meditation, movement, more outdoor activities and a strict ‘no-phones-policy’ for your bedroom are a good start. Another effective way to give your mind the opportunity to rest and reset is with an off-the-grid digital detox experience.

Tech-free holidays are designed to help you detach from the stressors of everyday life and nourish mind and body. When you’re free from all social distractions and work emails, you’ll be able to truly switch off and give yourself optimal rest and rejuvenation. Ditching your devices is easier said than done, so we’ve selected three of the best places that are perfect for an offline escape.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, Thailand

Located on the southern coastline of Koh Samui in Thailand, Kamalaya is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa. Surrounded by lush gardens, the resort has been providing health-minded guests with unparalleled wellness experiences since 2005.

Lifestyle at Kamalaya’s nature-rich surroundings is tranquil, informal and relaxed. Use of electronic devices is restricted to the privacy of your suite. In-room yoga mats have replaced the standard TV set and internet usage is discouraged with only one hour complimentary Wi-Fi. Kamalaya offers over 70 treatments ranging from holistic therapies to blissful spa services. There are complimentary daily exercise classes as well as structured wellness programs tailored to your personal goals, including stress-management retreats and yoga holidays.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary Koh Samui
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, Koh Samui

Nihi Sumba Jungle Resort, Indonesia (formerly Nihiwatu)

Nihi Sumba (main picture) is an intimate beachfront retreat located on the unspoilt island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia. Voted by Travel + Leisure readers as the number one hotel in the world, the resort’s spectacular setting forms the ideal backdrop for exciting and experiential adventures. World-class surfing, treks to local villages, horse back riding and stand-up paddle boarding down the Wanukaka River are just some of the activities that encourage guests to reconnect with nature. Wellness enthusiasts can take advantage of the stunning yoga pavilion, indulge in daily pampering or book a personalised wellness retreat.

The island resort’s serene location, far from urban development, provides a great setting to allow yourself to simply ‘be’. Don’t expect TV’s in the individual villas and refrain from using Wi-Fi. Instead, connect with Nihi’s natural surroundings and pamper your soul with a full day Spa Safari.


Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Nestled in the dunes of Cape Range National Park, on the coast of Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, you’ll find the perfect place to disconnect from modern-day life. Sal Salis is an eco-friendly remote safari camp with just sixteen eco-luxe wilderness tents. The camp is built to blend in with its natural surroundings. Its stunning location forms the ideal base to explore the area and spot awe-inspiring wildlife.

The spacious and airy tents are designed with your comfort in mind. With the most beautiful beach just steps away, each tent provides striking views of the crystal clear waters and surrounding landscape. Sal Salis doesn’t offer luxury in the traditional sense of the word. Its luxury derives from the peaceful location, stunning landscape and the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.

Sal Salis Digital Detox Retreat Australia
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Owing to its remote location there is no mobile phone or Wi-Fi connection (yay!) and every guest should embrace the chance to unplug from the digital world. (Of course, if there are any urgent needs, the camp has a landline).

Wake up to the songs of birds rather than your alarm clock, and replace your morning ‘social media check’ with a refreshing swim in the ocean. Head out on the reef to go kayaking or snorkeling, enjoy a guided walk at Mandu Mandu gorge or charter a boat to Muiron Islands.

Contact us to learn more about a digital detox retreat at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Kamalaya or Nihi Sumba.