Go off the grid and enjoy a wellness holiday at these tech-free resorts around the region
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, emails… let’s face it, technology can get really overwhelming at times. Put your smartphones away for a much-needed digital detox at these five charming retreats.
Mandala Spa & Resort Villas, Boracay, Philippines
This wellness retreat offers a wide range of classes and activities designed for a restful, meditative experience — from daily yoga sessions to healing baths and intriguing treatments like water therapy and reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction that focuses on energy points. You’re also encouraged to eat clean here, so expect a farm-to-table dining experience with lots of organic produce and light meals. If you’re super-serious about unplugging, you can even book a stay in the resort’s Digital Detox Villa, which has no WiFi or even a television.
Station 3, Brgy Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, +63 36 288 5858; mandalaspaandresortvillas.com
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Pranburi, Thailand
Located a 2.5-hour drive south of Bangkok, this luxe beachside getaway offers a special four-day-three-night digital detox package for two. You’ll have to surrender your gadgets upon checking in, and the resort is devoid of television sets or internet access. However, chances are you’ll be way too busy enjoying the perks — such as a farm tour, cooking class, traditional Thai massage and private dinner by the beach — to miss scrolling through your social media feeds.
183 Moo 4, Paknampran, Pranburi, Hua Hin, +66 2 514 8112; aleenta.com/huahin
Retreat Kushunada, Atami, Japan
Located outside ever-bustling Tokyo (50 minutes by bullet train, to be exact), Kushunada is a hideaway specifically designed for digital detoxing. Check in and you’ll have to surrender all your electronic devices. Then, spend your days taking it slow by meditating, stretching, jogging, hiking and soaking in a cypress tub filled with glorious hot-spring water.
35-10 Nishiyama-cho, Atami, Shizuoka, +81 557 851 818; kushunada.jp/eng.html
Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Sabah, Malaysia
When you’re right smack in the middle of Borneo’s jungles, putting up at one of the most gorgeous rainforest lodges in the region, it’s easy to forget about the digital world. Reconnect with nature instead — there’s a slew of tours to choose from, including overland and boat wildlife safaris along the Kinabatangan River, as well as an Orang Utan Search, where you’ll visit a rehabilitation centre and explore boardwalks to try and spot the endangered primate.
Sukau, Lower Kinabatangan River, +60 88 438 300; sukau.com
Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing, China
The fact that social media platforms like Facebook are incredibly difficult to access in China makes it the perfect place to disconnect. Go one step further by venturing away from the urban playground of central Beijing to Brickyard Retreat, situated north-east of the city. Here, you can explore restored sections of the Great Wall of China before unwinding at the spa and chilling out in the outdoor jacuzzi (which, by the way, is perfect for stargazing). There are a number of room types and even houses to choose from — each uniquely designed and suitable for families or large groups — so take your pick.
Beigou Village, Beijing, +86 10 6162 6506; brickyardatmutianyu.com