On average, we spend almost 28 hours a week on our screens and pick up our phone over 300 times a day. Just think what else you could be doing – or not doing.

We’ve found some of the only places where the Wi-Fi isn’t, the views are incredible, and the vibe is very much ‘out of office’ and what better way to start the New Year? A chance to totally recharge and enjoy the tranquillity of these remote getaways.

Joali Being – Maldives

The Maldives newest retreat, the first dedicated wellbeing-immersive retreat in the island nation, has only been open for 3 weeks. As part of the rejuvenation ethos, there is no WI-FI at all outside of your villa. If you’re lucky enough to be able to book a stay here, you will be part of an exclusive group of travellers to transform themselves in this sustainable yet glamorous environment.

Book through Experience Travel https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/

Vista Verde Ranch – Colorado, USA

If you really want to escape reality, then this place is straight out of a Christmas movie. A working ranch 25 miles away from the nearest traffic light in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Experience what it feels like to be a cowboy/girl with not a care in the world as you take in the scenic snow-covered mountains and enjoy whiling away your days/nights in front of a roaring real log fire.

You’ll be able to completely switch off and immerse yourself in nature as you can experience all the activities, you’d expect such as horse riding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and more.

Stay in a luxurious log cabin with all the comforts of home, make your way to the main lodge for hearty meals made from the freshest ingredients.


Warwick Gardens – Sri Lanka

You’ll be transported back in time, even before the Internet, to this converted plantation mansion set in 30 acres over 6000ft above sea level. With just five luxurious rooms this is the perfect setting for an intimate getaway, away from the modern world soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era.

Sri Lanka is of course known for its tea and here you can explore its origins, walking through the tea plantations and sampling the delights that are grown on the property.

The hospitality here really is second to none and you won’t need to worry about checking emails or voicemails as you drift off into the 1930’s and listen to the nature surrounding you.


Koh Jum Beach Villas – Thailand

Shrouded in jungle next to a 700-metre beach on an island that has managed to avoid mass development, this 19-villa retreat is one of the few remaining beach retreats in Thailand where you can truly escape the everyday without compromising on comfort.

Switch off your screens (there are no TVs in the villas) and spend your days kayaking, snorkelling, relaxing with a massage or enjoying delicious food made with produce from the organic garden.

And they are also working hard to make their resort sustainable with their own bottled filter water, locally sourced amenities, and even open-air showers.


FiveElements – Indonesia

Switching off and embracing the tranquillity of the rural location with some gentle walks, cycling and yoga will do anyone a world of good. However, for those looking for a more rejuvenating experience, FiveElements is an award-winning wellness retreat, blending the wisdom of traditional Balinese healing with innovative wellness concepts, from Ayurveda to holistic doctor treatments.


Vil Uyana – Sri Lanka

Welcome to the most exclusive sanctuary on earth. This man-made nature reserve has 26 species of mammals, 150 species of birds, 51 species of butterflies and 35 species of amphibians and reptiles within the grounds. The highlight is Slender Loris, Fishing Cat and Eurasian Otter – all living alongside guests with night-time safaris available where guests can lay camera traps to take home footage of their findings. They have also just had the birth of 20 baby crocodiles – which are the first known at a reserve in the world.

This truly is an exquisite experience for animal lovers, with so many different excursions from whale and dolphin watching to witnessing the gathering of elephants at the Minneriya National Park – a spectacle found nowhere else in the world – there truly is no better way to digitally detox.