The new "detox" retreats
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Calling home to check on the fam during your much-needed getaway is one thing. But doing actual work!? According to a recent survey, 75 percent of people said they'd stay connected to the office during a vacation.
To help you relax, certain spas and retreats are saying no to electronics—and putting guests on a "digital detox." See the breathtaking hideaways, and get tips for unplugging wherever you are.
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Although it's only an hour from Los Angeles, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu feels like a middle-of-nowhere escape. During a weeklong stay, guests cleanse their minds and bodies, spending days hiking, doing yoga and indulging in a post-workout massage. In addition to no cell phones or Wi-Fi, there's also no sugar, no caffeine and no clocks.
Try-at-home tip: For one day, take off your watch and try not to stick to a strict schedule. Guests at The Ranch are given a simple leather bracelet in place of a watch to help them get on "Ranch time."
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"There are no phone lines, power lines or water lines that connect Prana del Mar to the rest of civilization, which is about 15 miles away in Cabo San Lucas," says Director Erik Singer. The eco-friendly haven often hosts yoga and other wellness retreats.
Try-at-home tip: To prepare yourself for going off the grid (even if it's only for a couple of days), Thomas W. Cooper, Ph.D., author of Fast Media, Media Fast, recommends phasing out media beforehand. Cut back on TV, Facebook and other digital indulgences.
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"We often hear that this is like camp for grown-ups," says Ann Graham of Lake Placid Lodge in upstate New York. In addition to in-room spa services, guests can read a book by the lake, have lunch on a canoe or try a morning yoga class. As Graham says, "Unplugging is not the same as doing nothing."
Try-at-home tip: Lodge guests check their smartphones, iPads, etc. at the door. In their place, visitors are offered a collection of bestsellers. As in actual books. With pages. Need literary inspiration? Skip the movies and read these Glo faves.
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Located in a charming 1920s hotel, The Oaks at Ojai is a cell phone-free destination spa with an official Unplugged Weekend in the works for early next year. Currently, if guests want to use their phones, then they have access to a vintage phone booth in the lobby where calls can (quietly) be made.
Try-at-home tip: Try making parts of your home (such as the kitchen and living room, where people tend to gather) "no cell zones." Posting a cute sign can serve as a playful reminder.
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A-listers including Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron and Cindy Crawford have fled Hollywood for Amansala, a secluded getaway in Tulum, Mexico. Known for its "Bikini Bootcamp," the resort is a mind-body haven without TVs, phones or computer.
Try-at-home tip: Because the eco-friendly resort is powered by solar generators, hairdryers aren't allowed. As a baby step to "unplugging," why not ditch your hairdryer for a day or two and let your hair dry au natural?
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For a true city slicker experience, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is tucked in the majestic wilderness of British Columbia in Canada. The ranch's Digital Detox package invites guests to enjoy daily yoga classes, along with an herbal oil massage and horseback riding.
Try-at-home tip: Echo Valley's spa offers a range of soothing Thai-inspired treatments, including a honey-rich body polish. Enjoy your own all-natural honey body scrub with Really Raw Honey, which contains actual bits of honeycomb.
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The Ritz-Carlton hotels, from Toronto (pictured) to Denver, are offering relaxation escapes for locals and vacationers alike. Toronto's Inner City Retreat encourages guests to get away from their everyday and the hustle and bustle of the city with meditation workshops, daily yoga and access to spa facilities.
Try-at-home tip: If you don't have time for a full-fledged digital detox, then Cooper recommends making an effort to at least have firsthand experiences—go to dinner with a friend rather than catching up via text, or visit a museum instead of reading about it online.
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As a result of our fast-paced, interconnected, 24/7 lifestyles, many of us may suffer from a nature deficit disorder, a term coined by journalist Richard Louv. As Cooper explains, "We're no longer aware of other species, of the rhythms and cycles of nature."
So even if you can't unplug at some faraway locale, get outdoors—preferably to a place where cell phone reception is shoddy, at best.
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