It seems that one way or another, we have all become horribly addicted to our phones and the internet over the past few years and are in need of a digital detox. Strangely this addiction caught me totally unprepared, unready and off guard. It crept up on me through our children and I naively thought that being ‘of the older generation’ I might have escaped the world of social media and that long lost friends and girlfriends, would stay where they belonged…lost! However, without consciously realising it, my daughter has slowly introduced me to a minefield of new and instant communication apps and platforms…WhatsApp and Instagram being the main culprits in my household. I was originally lured into these networks to check up and protect my daughter, but no one told me I would soon be a victim myself! Now I look up from the breakfast table to see us all, without exception, swiping, typing and bashing (my eight-year-old trying frantically to beat off the latest alien invasion) away on various electronic devices.
Therefore, I have decided that in 2018, enough is enough. My wife Sue, also co-founder and Product Director of Turquoise, and I have decided to focus on showcasing the hotels, islands and resorts where our guests can have a moment of respite from the digital addiction of our modern world. Here is a short list of some of my favourites. Not all of these are totally signal and WIFI free…. some have no TV’s or WIFI in the room, some have one central internet point for those who cannot live without… but if you, like me, feel in need of an enforced device detox at some level, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll find you the perfect off-grid getaway! Below are a few of our favourites…
Ninamu Resort, Tikehau – Tahiti And Her Islands
Petit St. Vincent – St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Denis Private Island – The Seychelles
Hotel Kia Ora Resort – Tahiti
Jade Mountain – Saint Lucia
Greystoke Mahale – Tanzania