TEMPO.COAnd Jakarta It is almost impossible for most people today to stay away from the digital world or the Internet for a long time. It may be possible to turn off the internet or activate Do Not Disturb mode for an hour or two, but someone may still be stuck in their usual environment. Therefore, it is best to take a short vacation for a digital detox.
Most holiday destinations probably actually prioritize the quality of the internet due to the high level of people’s dependence on the internet. However, it turns out that quite a few tourist destinations are actually devoid of wifi, giving tourists time to take a break from the digital world and focus on a good vacation. Here are the 8 best digital detox spots across the Asia Pacific region according to Travel and Leisure Asia:
1. Bay of Fire Lodge, Tasmania, Australia
The Bay of Fires Lodge is the only structure over 20 kilometers of coastal wilderness. Digital detoxification begins when tourists enter the resorts here.
Tourists can appreciate the coastal and jungle landscapes that have remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Bay of Fires Lodge offers fresh produce, fine Tasmanian wines, hot showers, king beds and a small library. This cottage is a favorite place for lovers of sightseeing.
2. Hideout Island, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
The tree house is very interesting. Island Hideout has taken its high platform and made it a luxury without internet and electricity. With various activities such as batik printing, massage, swimming pool, yoga, meditation, and cooking classes, tourists are guaranteed not to get bored.
Additionally, this place offers these organic foods, handcrafted tonics, and soft drinks, which are all a must-have while enjoying the forest canopy. Island Hideout offers holiday resorts in high-altitude locations and a wifi-free experience to its visitors.
3. Three Camel Lodge, Gobi, Mongolia
Behind this tented luxury resort in the wilds of free Wi-Fi, thousands of years of history, culture and legend lie at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Visitors can enjoy luxury local lodging, tents called gers, perfect for Genghis Khan, custom hand-painted furnishings, king-size beds, thick wool rugs, camel hair blankets, wooden heaters, and private bathrooms.
No place has wide open spaces like Gobi. Visitors will also enjoy meadows, deserts, and the vast starry sky.
4. South Mentawai Outpost, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
This place is just right for those who want a truly secluded digital detox in Southeast Asia. Visitors can enjoy a five-hour boat ride from the city of Padang in western Indonesia.
Southern Mentawai Outpost is located on its own tropical island with sunset views just steps from the sea. The resort’s location is authentic, but free of wifi (although emergency access is available), so visitors can’t spoil the moment with updates on Instagram. Plus, it has some of the best surfing waves on the planet, for both novice and experienced surfers alike. With eco-built bamboo huts, max 10 guests, fresh water wells, organic fruit and vegetable gardens and more fresh seafood, this place is an oasis away from the tech world.
5. Namosi Eco Retreat, Viti Levu, Fiji
Fiji is known for its beaches and coral reefs, and Fiji’s pristine mountainous interior is often overlooked. At Namosi Eco Retreat, the misty valley is a hub for travelers to enjoy a true wifi-free getaway.
In this true digital detox environment, no electronics or cell phones are allowed. Activities here revolve around local life such as cooking classes, raft building, morning walks in the mountains, sunset walks to the river, storytelling and evening kava sessions.
6. Sal Sales, Exmouth, Western Australia
“Where the hinterland meets coral reefsIt is the exact motto of Sal Salles, an off-grid luxury camping site. The original Ningaloo Reef, a sprawling backyard with nothing but outback and about a trillion stars twinkling in the night sky, it’s the perfect place to disconnect from the digital world and enjoy nature.
With no phone or wifi signal around (there is an emergency camp phone), calm and serenity are guaranteed. At least until visitors try to swim with whale sharks.
7. The Windflower Jungle Resort & Spa, Bandipur, India
Located in a unique Mist Forest Reserve, this resort offers simple and beautiful stone cottages to stay. Their spa offers over 20 different massages and treatments. However, true relaxation is pampered with the beautiful chirping of local songbirds.
This resort is free of TV and Wi-Fi, and visitors are advised to enjoy the jungle with a daily nature walk schedule. There is also a communal bonfire so that visitors can meet other people in the evening and chat face to face, rather than screen on screen.
8. Kushunada Retreat, Atami, Japan
Disconnecting from the digital world can be stressful for some. Therefore, in this sanctuary, visitors can relax in a hot tub filled with beautiful springs.
Visitors can initiate a digital detox by handing over all of their devices such as cell phones, laptops, and music players upon arrival, and only recovering them in case of emergency. Visitors can spend their holidays here stretching, jogging, hiking, meditating, breathing, fasting, enjoying a tea party, and touring the city built on the slopes of a mountain rising directly from the sea.
Bernadette Jane Widjaga | Travel and Leisure Asia
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