Sharon Reid


After the recent excess of Christmas, some of us have attempted or are about to embark on a health detox, however, for some detoxing extends to phones and gadgets. Described as a ‘Digital Detox’ and popular amongst ‘neo –luddites’ who have chosen to forgo all the current must –have gadgets and multiple apps in order to pursue a much simpler lifestyle; this burgeoning movement is quickly gathering momentum, according to a recent Digital Trends Report compiled by Hotwire PR, the neo –luddite seeks refuge via digital detox retreats whereby they are purposefully choosing holiday destinations with no Wi-Fi and limited or no mobile reception.

The increasing popularity of digital retreats comes as little surprise, for I believe that we have hit saturation point in terms of new tech, therefore a digital detox apppears to be an attractive antidote. So if you feel that you have hit app overload and you are looking for a digital-free holiday, check out a few of these suggestions:

No Emails in The Eternal Cityimage

Cost: From £425 pp

Accommodation: Casa de Ferie – a guest house run by the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph of the Apparition

Digital Detox:

Casa de Ferie is set on a hill within 15 minutes walk of the Vatican City, enjoy views over the gardens of St Peter’s Basilica – ideal for peaceful meditation. All the bedrooms are without Wi-Fi and TV, early nights are also guaranteed with the Sisters 11 pm curfew.

Departing throughout the year and costs from £425 pp (no single supplement) including flights (Gatwick), transfers, four nights’ B&B and the services of guides & local representatives. For bookings please call Voyages Jules Verne on 0845 166 7035 or visit:

Be Computer –Free in Cornwallimage

Cost: From £150 pp

Accommodation: The Dairy Barn – a charming barn conversion set in a peaceful valley which sleeps two

Digital Detox:

Switch off your mobile and fully embrace the Cornish countryside; breathe in the fresh air, take an invigorating walk to the nearby South West Coast Path, or venture to West Cornwall’s unspoilt beaches just four miles away. Instead of tweeting, try fishing in the private trout lake and during the evenings curl up with a book in your cosy surroundings.

A week’s stay costs from £150 pp (£300 total). For bookings please call Aspects Holidays on 01736 75424 or visit:

Switch off in Sardiniaimage

Cost: From £769 pp

Accommodation: Su Gologone – a rustic hotel nestling at the foot of Mount Corrasi on the edge of Gennargentu National Park

Digital Detox:

Su Gologone offers an idyllic base and access to Sardinia’s spectacular mountain scenery. Follow one of the many shepherd’s trails that lead from the hotel via horseback, bicycle or on foot to discover a wide variety of bird life and archeological ruins. After a day of relative adventure return to Su Gologone for tasty traditional meals and relax in the comfort of your room decorated with locally sourced rustic materials.

A three-night stay costs from £769 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), return, private car transfers and accommodation with breakfast. For bookings please call Kirker Holidays on 020 7593 2283 or visit:

Be Smartphone –Free in Stóra Dímun, Faroe Islandsimage

Cost: From £100 pp

Accommodation: A grass roofed teacher’s cottage which sleeps eight and caters for tourists outside term time

Digital Detox:

This remote island is amongst the 18 islands that make up the Faroes’ archipelago, home to just nine people, but plenty of sheep, Stóra Dímun, is the smallest inhabited isle. Due to its isolation Wi-Fi will certainly be restricted.

A night’s stay costs from DKR 1000 / £100 pp (sole occupancy, additional guests £10 pppn). For more information, please visit: or email Eva í Dímun (the owner) at Transportation to Stóra Dímun is by helicopter, tri-weekly.