Published on July 13th, 2013 | by Charu Suri4
Digital Detox: Hotels That Check Your Devices At the Door
These days, unplugging completely when you travel is more art than science. Psychologically, few of us are able to leave gadgets at the doorstep. Along with keys, purses and wallets our cell phones, tablets, reading and gaming devices, come with us as inseparables. We capture our lives in streaming videos and Instagram, and for many of us, it’s unheard of to travel without devices.
For the very brave, there are some spectacular hotels offering a “check your device at the door in return for some peace of mind” programs.
The Westin Dublin offers a safe and secure place for your gadgets through the duration of your stay. The Digital Detox package includes a Westin Heavenly bed, breakfast in bed (if you choose), an in-room massage and a “The Detox Survival Kit” program. The kit includes information for discovering Dublin, a walking map, a printed newspaper, candle, board game and a tree planting kit to take home. You can take pictures of it all when you check out.
The Marriott also offers a digital detox for those seeking a “braincation” from life and wish to enjoy paradise. These nine resorts in seven locations across the Caribbean and Mexico offer no cell phone or electronic zones. These electronic-free zones encourage travelers to engage in gadget free relaxation such as peaceful reading, quiet conversation and restful relaxation.
Lake Placid Lodge offers a “Check-In to Check-Out” package which requires guests to part ways with all electronic devices upon check in. The package includes two nights in a guest room or cabin, a one-hour cooking class with Chef Nathan, complimentary hiking, boating, yoga, fishing and a choice of current New York Times Bestseller hard copy books to read by the lake.
The River Place Hotel in Portland, Oregon has created a Romantic Revival at RiverPlace package for couples. Yes, you surrender all your electronics to the front desk allowing for quality romance time. You’ll get a bottle of sparkling wine, local chocolate, local Rose City bath amenities, personal bath butler to draw your bath at request and a late 2:00 pm check out. Your devices would be kept in a secure office safe for your peace of mind.
The Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica offers a “Disconnect to Reconnect” program for guests who choose to participate. The hotel requests you turn over your iPhone for 24 hours or more to management; the phone is returned to the guest with a new iPhone case from Uncommon. You’ll also receive a guide called 24 Things To Do Without Technology, and suggested activities include stand-up paddle-boarding, experiencing a Costa Rican coffee scrub treatment at the Spa, enjoying a pipa fria, drinking fresh coconut water directly from the coconut by the pool, observing the beautiful blue morphos in the butterfly garden, taking the Trail of Giants environmental golf tour and planting your own native tree in Costa Rica or participating in the Resort’s new Wish Lantern activity by the beach.
- Reported by Jay Dee