Have you ever tracked your own screen time?
Sure, we might track how often our kids or grandkids are navigating screens, but have you ever tried monitoring yourself? The new iOS 12 screen time feature and the Moment app will track and report how often you are using your phone, iPad, Apple Watch on a given day or week. Whether you’re locked to a screen for work or for pleasure, or a combination of both, it’s time to plan a vacation where you can unplug from it all.
No email. No spreadsheets. No work research. No social media. No news updates.
It’s time to plan a vacation without the constant dings, swipes, taps, and tags. Here are some of our favorite off the grid Hilton hotels where you can unplug and enjoy uninterrupted and genuinely relaxing vacation time. Yes, these properties have WiFi, but with all the natural beauty, exotic locations, and luxurious spas that await, you can happily keep your phone turned off, and your laptop back home.
Enjoy the island lifestyle in this unique piece of paradise on the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. This eco-friendly resort is a secluded haven surrounded by a National Park waiting for you to put on your bathing suit and explore. Hike through the rainforest, set out on a kayaking or diving adventure, or slip off to eForea Spa for a pampering experience. Yes, there is complimentary WiFi throughout the resort, but just pretend it isn’t there.
Spend Your Days: Stroll along the private sandy beach as you sip Prosecco and lay back in your hammock in the evening staring up at the starry night sky. There is nothing else like it!
Photo courtesy of – Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Located on the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena boasts a tropical atmosphere with vibrant colors and Caribbean flavors. The Conrad Cartagena is an exclusive, luxury beachfront resort featuring a Nicklaus design golf course, an indulgent spa, seven culinary options, and a beach club.
Spend Your Days: Step inside the fortress walls of this Caribbean port city and admire the candy-hued colonial homes lining the cobblestoned streets. Listen to the sounds of a traditional champeta band playing nightly in the historic plaza, while dining on incredible local cuisine.
Photo courtesy of – Conrad Caratagena
Designed for healing, this all-villa retreat is a sanctuary for the body, mind, and spirit. This 320-acre unspoiled setting complements the organic, local cuisine, yoga and meditation, individualized spa treatments, Shillim Institute courses, and local activities and excursions. This Hilton is truly a retreat to get away from it all and reconnect with yourself. Begin your day with complimentary breakfast and then engage all of your senses in the retreat activities such as Pilates, stargazing, pottery, painting, and cooking.
Spend Your Days: Explore the valley on bike or horseback, followed by a plunge in your private villa pool. Explore the meditation cave and relaxation center with more than 80 treatments and holistic spa programs. Don’t forget to visit the Tea House and Wine Cellar, featuring biodynamic wines.
Photo courtesy of – Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
Inspired by the beauty and hospitality of the “Islands of Gods”, the refurbishment of Conrad Bali creates the ultimate tropical beach resort experience. Relax and thrive beside multiple pools, dine at Suku Restaurant, or simply retire to one of 103 Premier rooms, all newly renovated September 2018. If you are truly looking to disconnect from your screen and reconnect with yourself, travel in March for Nyepi, The Day of Silence. March 7th marks the first day of the Balinese New Year, called Nyepi. According to the Hindu Belief, Nyepi is a day of complete silence without any noise, traffic, fire, or lights. It is a day of stillness in the physical and spiritual worlds.
Spend Your Days: Cycle to nearby villages to take in the Balinese culture, followed by a visit to the rejuvenated Jiwa Spa, a sanctuary of pampering and wellness.
Are you ready to set up your out of office reply, turn your cell phone off, misplace your Apple Watch, and finally unwind? Which of these off the grid Hilton hotels would you choose to visit and unplug at?