The Lowdown On Digital Detoxing

Spending too much time on your digital devices?
A wellness retreat might be the answer...

One of the biggest and fastest-growing trends in the wellness travel world is the digital detox. And it is no surprise with recent studies reporting that British people spend a whopping 51% of their lives in front of a screen. 

A digital detox refers to a break from technology and digital devices; such as smartphones, laptops, and televisions. As it becomes increasingly more difficult to avoid the omnipresence of technology in our day-to-day lives, people are turning to wellness holidays and spending time in dedicated wellness retreats, to finally wean themselves offline and return home with a new perspective.

In the modern world, people are increasingly suffering from addiction to their mobile devices and social media, with studies recognising a link between technology use and a rise in mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, feelings of inadequacy and burnout. Too much screen time also affects healthy sleep and can cause headaches and tension within the body.


The goal of a digital detox is to reduce any form of dependence on technology in order to improve overall mental health and well-being. Finding time at home to disconnect completely from technology, however, can feel overwhelming or impossible when our everyday lives increasingly depend on staying connected at all times. 

Taking the time out to go on a digital detox in a dedicated destination spa or retreat enables greater focus and thus a higher chance of making lasting changes. The all-encompassing atmosphere of a wellness retreat; having professional support and advice on hand, and the sense of camaraderie shared with other guests mean you are much more likely to stick to it that going it alone. Some retreats take a gentle, encouraging approach to digital detox allowing guests to choose, whilst others are more strict, banning the use of mobile devices at all in public areas

Do I need to take a longhaul flight?

Going on a digital detox doesn’t have to mean having to travel to a far-flung corner of the globe, – although you can also do that too! It’s completely up to you. There are wellness retreats across the world, offering standalone digital detox programs and integrating aspects of digital detoxing into their wellness programs. 

Some of our favourite digital detox retreats closer to home...

SHA Wellness Clinic View
SHA Wellness Clinic - Spain

This super suave and sophisticated health spa does not allow the use of mobile devices in public areas. SHA Wellness Clinic also encourages its guests to switch off their technology in order to fully engage in their transformative health programs.

Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti - Italy

Surrounded by the otherworldly scenery of the Dolomite mountains Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti is the ideal destination for those needing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Switching off here isn’t such a chore!

Maison de Lunel France Wellness Retreat drone view
Maison de Lunel - France

A charming boutique property set in a 35-acre private estate surrounded by verdant countryside. The perfect environment to escape and discover how you can feel your best without technology and with retreats that teach guests how to focus their minds elsewhere.

...and some a little further afield.

Santani wellness retreat sri lanka room with a view
Santani - Sri Lanka

Santani specialises in holistic detoxing including digital detoxes. Rooms at Santani do not have televisions and have been designed to mimic Buddhist prayer caves to encourage self meditation and introspection.

Drone image of Kamalaya Koh Samui Thailand
Kamalaya - Thailand

This luxury Koh Samui hideaway offers the full cold turkey experience with a dedicated three-day Digital Detox program. Guests must surrender their digital devices, meaning no Wi-Fi, smartphones, TV or technological devices!

Shreyas Luxury Ashram India
Shreyas - India

This luxury ashram’s intensive Silent Retreat, helps guests take a step back to reflect, realign and reprioritise by taking a week long vow of silence. The ultimate way to quieten an overactive, overstimulated, and over tired mind.

Do I need weeks of holiday for a successful digital detox?

Naturally, the longer you spend digital detoxing on a wellness holiday, the more effective it tends to be. However, taking a short well-being break over a weekend can actually be all it takes to achieve that all-important shift in mindset. 

SHA Wellness Clinic’s ‘Rebalance Program’ starts from just 4 nights; and Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti’s ‘Scent of the Forest’ program can be completed in just 2 nights. In just a brief time, a huge impact can be made on both the mind and body’s attachment to technology. After a digital detox, you get to return home feeling rejuvenated, re-energised, and ready to implement those healthier habits and better, more mindful choices in your daily life. 

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