Digital Detox | 4 Healing Holiday Destinations

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The average employee receives 121 emails per day—just shy of 32,000 per year. It’s no wonder this staggering number has leading psychologists urging us to put away our phones. But as nice as a digital detox sounds in theory, it isn’t always the easiest to execute. Cue the wellness retreat: healing destinations designed to help the mind and body escape the stressors of everyday life. With different centers specializing in everything from ancient ayurvedic medicine to cutting-edge relaxation technologies—often in a stunning natural environment—a digital detox suddenly becomes not just enjoyable, but a deeply gratifying experience. Below, four destinations that make the case for putting down the phone.

Brazil

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In a city like Rio, with its temperate climate and a culture that prioritizes exercise and fitness, looking good and feeling good are a way of life. Whatever your workout of choice, visit Spa Fasano Renata de Abreu, located in the Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, for relaxing body, anti-aging, and detox treatments with a sustainable twist. The spa focuses on organic products and recyclable materials, meaning that your restorative massage comes with a guarantee of eco-consciousness. The guests-only infinity pool and rooftop bar offer breathtaking views, meaning that your afternoon may turn into a longer stay than expected. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep at home, this 11-bedroom oceanfront villa on the beaches of Manguinhos is the perfect place to rest your head.

India

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A tech-free vacation is easier said than done. Thankfully the soaring mountain peaks and abundance of ayurvedic wellness retreats make India an ideal place to follow doctor’s orders. It’s here you’ll find gems like The LaLiT Mangar, where treatment combines massage, exercise, and food that suits your dosha to recalibrate and realign your body’s energies. Powering off is no issue at this ornate villa, where terraced gardens, artful interiors, and a private pool allow you to extend your state of zen.

Mexico

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Starting your unplugged adventure in Mexico is a recipe for rejuvenation. Take up residence at One&Only Palmilla on the Baja California Peninsula, where celebrities past—John Wayne, Lucille Ball—and present have wandered the hallowed pathways. At the One&Only Spa, individual spa villas and a tropical garden ensure your treatments are lush and secluded; drop by the the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio to have your feet and hands cared for by the professionals.

Hop a flight to the mainland and leave the out-of-office on as you take an extra week to relax by the infinity pool at this Costa Careyes estate. Your body and mind will thank you.

Switzerland

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For the uninitiated, the Swiss medical spa is serious business. Treatments are medically robust, with spa staff consisting of a wide range of doctors spanning neurology to angiology. The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has long been a go-to among those looking for a total overhaul. Past the storybook-like interiors of the resort, a labyrinth of pools, steam rooms, and saunas with anti-inflammatory thermal spring waters complement tranquil treatment rooms, proving that cleansing and relaxation aren’t always mutually exclusive. Tack this on to a skiing holiday at this luxury chalet and you have a recipe for total revival.

In our always-on world, taking the time to disconnect has become more important than ever when it comes to our overall health. That said, the word “detox” doesn’t always bring relaxation to mind. Thankfully there’s a number of healing destinations that make going off the grid a rewarding experience.