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Hotels where to do digital detox

It is possible to arrive at a hotel and not upload a photo to Instagram or Facebook from the room. It is not an urban legend: it can. The hotels formalize the love-hate relationship with technology with proposals that leave the mobile for a while. Quiet: just for a while.

We arrived at a hotel. We send WhatsApp to say that we have arrived at the hotel. We look out the window. Oh, what a beautiful view. We take a picture, we apply the Valencia filter and upload it to Instagram. In two minutes, twenty likes. The ego begins to stretch. We look at the table and someone has left us a basket with fruits and a bottle of champagne. That is already from Twitter. One moment: the email message sounds. It's only a second, you have to answer to say that today, without fail, that pending text is ready. One moment, you have to sign a petition that has arrived via Facebook. And, yes, we consider going to that deckchair that awaits us horizontally. Good, they have retweeted the tweet of champagne.

Now let's make a huge, effortless effort. Imagine the following.

We arrived at a hotel. We look out the window. Oh, what a beautiful view. We look at the table. We see the fruits and champagne. We eat them and drink it. Bikini, sunscreen and beach.

This second possibility is science fiction. The occasion makes the thief. If we have wifi, how can we not fall? We are not supermen or super women. We talk about wifi because without coverage you can live (how long have we talked on the phone for the last time?) but without Wi-Fi no. The idea is that the hotels do not make it so easy for us, that they get angry if they see us sliding their finger like an ice skater on the surface of the phone.

There are certain hotels that are taking seriously the urgency of some guests for the digital detox. Even a little while. That's why they dedicate zones tech-free in which you cannot use e-cachivaches. The Paradise by Marriott, a resort in Mexico and the Caribbean decided to enable during the winter months an area for those looking a brancation, that is, a vacation from your brain. The Marriott conducted a study among 1184 people and concluded that 82 percent used their social channels on vacation and 64 percent uploaded photos to their social networks, but also that 31 percent would throw their cell phones into the sea if they could. For that 31, and as an intermediate and less radical solution, these areas were designed.

The search for the remote, for the disconnected, is paradoxical. On the one hand, we want to go far, very far, but we also want to tell. The problem is that we want to do it soon. Traveling to an Amish village, the Atacama desert or a town on the smallest island of the Azores is very exciting, but we have to learn to manage the anxiety of not telling all our timeline.

The same goes for hotels, those great ego masseurs. If we feel well treated and happy we will want to share it. That there is no Wi-Fi is, paraphrasing Truman Capote and that the Capotists forgive me (me included), a blessing and a whip. We demand the free wifi in the hotels as if it were the shower water, perhaps as a previous step to be able to despise it later.

Lake Placid Lodge: a place to forget your mobile © Lake Placid Lodge

There are hotels, it almost always coincides that they are exquisite and of the highest level, where there is no coverage and the wifi works only in certain common areas. It is part of your communication. The Maui Travaasa It is one of them. The rooms are free of radios, televisions, clocks and computers. This also happens in the Explore Rapa Nui, in Easter Island, which cultivates essential luxury but is an exquisite place. Although there is currently coverage, when I went there was not. The first night I was there I was afraid to be so isolated. The second I had to assimilate that you can live without likes and without retweets. The third one did not even remember my mobile. Mobile: what is it? That romance with myself and that landing was short-lived: "Baby, you're on the other side of the world and you're not telling anyone."

Other places take it further: the Four Seasons of Costa Rica, in the Papagayo Peninsula, launched the Disconnect to Reconnect program, in which Remove customers' phones for 24 hours to perform activities that do not require to be connected. In fact, he has published a guide to everything that can be done without technology. Another case is that of Lake Placid Lodge of the Adirondacks; have the package check in / check out in which the guests leave the mobile when they arrive and pick it up when they leave.This is an extreme experience and do not climb on an ochomil. Sometimes the digital craving is related to the lack of romanticism, so there are packages like the Romantic Revival, at the River Place Hotel, in Portland, in which the hotel staff takes the electronic devices and replaces them with wine, truffles, butler and late check-out. The hint is clear.

I like my brain and I don't want to separate from it a complete vacation, but it can be nice to say goodbye for a while. Goodbye WhatsApp group, I abandon you.


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