From the jagged mountains of Chile’s Patagonia to Malawi’s hidden Mumbo Island and Costa Rica’s lush Arenal rainforest, we bring you the best digital detox destinations for a much-needed getaway. So for those of you looking to forget about Instagram and Gmail for a week, you know exactly where to escape!
This land of extremes accommodates landscapes from your wildest dreams. Jagged mountains site beside fairy-tale forests, soaring glaciers meet fierce volcanoes and stunning coastline drives lead to arid deserts. Often overlooked for the glamorous neighbor, Argentina, it is now time to give Chile its due respect.
The splendid Parque Nacional Torres del Paine is the continent’s top national park and the best digital detox destination. The magical experience is evident from its teal lakes to emerald forests and sky blue glaciers to dusty brown and white snow capped mountains.
Set deep in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Patagonia, the Tierra Patagonia resort offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself into the wild. Spend your days hiking or biking in the national park, heading for horseback rides and of course, a much-needed spa treatment.
The entire nation of Malawi functions as one of the best digital detox destinations, with internet connection limited to a handful of hotels. And the best way to experience this is via Lake Malawi itself. This massive body of water doubles up as a stunning island, especially when you’re lying on a palm-fringed sandy beach, overlooking the water at sunset.
If that does not float your boat, then get your gear and go snorkeling in one of Africa’s richest underwater world ecosystems. The lodges overlooking the calm waters are also great for a quick stay, offering you a glimpse into the daily lives of the local community, who heavily depend on the lake.
To take things up a notch, head to Mumbo Island. The need to kayak for an hour across Lake Malawi to reach this idyllic island only adds to its allure. Run by Kayak Africa, this one kilometer-diameter island is one of the most off the grid locations you’ll ever visit; perfect for those looking to spend some time in the stunning lodges, away from the rest of the world.
While Montreal and Toronto are some of the best places to live, Canada’s best sights are often left out in the wild. Hence for us, Canada is one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor destinations, and the Haida Gwaii archipelago truly embodies this.
Here, embark on the same road as your ancestors and paddle off into the Pacific, sandwiched between imposing mountain peaks and impenetrable rainforests for company. In short, there is no escaping from Canada’s stunning beauty. You’ll see it in its mountains, smell it in its pine-infused air and hear it in its cascading waterfalls.
Canada’s Yukon territory is another top spot for a digital detox retreat. This uncrowded, untouched stretches of wilderness homes massive glaciers, jagged mountains and an abundance of wildlife. As for accommodation options, try out the Tagish Wilderness Lodge. The fact that it’s only accessible by boat plane, dogsled and skiplane, makes it one of the most off the road destinations you’ll ever experience.
This peaceful Latin American gem is well on its way to the tourist trail even though it’s considered expensive by its neighboring standards. However, its stunning landscapes make it well worth the occasional splurge.
The volcanoes are the best of Costa Rica’s ecotourism ventures, with Irazu being the pick of the bunch. It’s beautiful crater lakes which alternates between emerald green and crimson red is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, making this a must-see during your digital detox retreat.
We suggest diving further into Costa Rica’s mesmerizing sights with a trip to Llanos des Cortes. This spectacular waterfall cascades into a serene pond and it comes with a sandy-beach like feature. Thus, making it perfect to take a break. For the best experience, head to the back and chill by the rocks while enjoying the waterfall curtain.
For those looking to splurge even more, head to Arenal Volcano Region, where the world-class Tabacon Thermal Resort Spa offers a fantastic getaway. Set in a lush, private rainforest reserve, the resort treats travelers to a relaxing spa treatment, thanks to a set of natural thermal springs, warmed by the volcano’s magma.
Kazakhstan is home to a spellbinding series of natural landscapes that promise to keep you away from Instagram, Gmail and Slack during your digital detox retreat. Hence, for the best views of the country, you’ll have to head outside.
The Aksu – Zhabagly Nature Reserve is a massive wilderness that’s bound to leave you in awe. Green valleys, rapid rivers, snow capped peaks and the elusive snow leopard make this a must visit for a trekking expedition.
Additionally, Kazakhstan’s raw beauty is also seen in the gorgeous Kolsai Lakes National Park. The ‘Pearls of Tien Shan’, offer travelers a chance to hike with breathtaking views while devouring mouthfuls of wild berries. Just remember to take some time off and stargaze at the country’s glittering night sky. You’ll thank us later.
Swap Bangkok’s hectic streets, Phuket’s raucous party scene and Krabi’s popular shores for an escapade to Koh Yao Noi. Set a short boat ride away from the above-mentioned famous islands, this eco-friendly stretch of land offers the sort of peaceful elegance that is often left ignored in Thailand.
Unsurprisingly, the island’s mantra is rock climb, eat, sleep, yoga, swim and repeat. To make the most of your stay, opt to rent a motorbike and explore the hidden beaches and waterfalls of Yao Noi. If you want to check out neighboring Koh Yao Yai, it’s also possible to take a longtail boat over from the south side of Yao Noi. This is worth it if you’re a fan of sandbar beaches.
However, the best digital detox destinations are incomplete without accommodation options to match the peace and tranquility of the place. Thankfully, Koh Yao Noi does not disappoint with The Hideout. Set in the emerald hills, this stunning eco-resort is the ultimate place to unwind, in any one of its four breathtaking treehouse suites.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
This Carribbean nation is true to its stereotype. Idyllic beaches, yacht-filled harbors, and crystal clear waters are in abundance. For the best digital detox retreat, head out to Tobago Cays. Compromising of five uninhabited islands, simply rent a boat and head out into the emerald waters where you can fish for your lunch and spend the day lying by the powder-white sand.
As for accommodation options, travel to the private island of Petit St Vincent, or better known as PSV. The southernmost outpost of the Grenadines is a short plane ride away from the actual St Vincent. The resort’s 22 beach villas and cottages have successfully embedded themselves into PSV, with the tranquil natural atmosphere of swaying palm trees and turquoise waters ready to gently seduce travelers from far and wide.
Looking for more travel inspiration for your next couple’s retreat? Stay tuned for our next globetrotting tales. In the meantime, get your hands on our stock photos to help start your travel diary!