Places To Get Off Grid

Twenty years ago, a holiday was truly a holiday – the only way we could be contacted was via the hotel reception’s switchboard, and our nearest and dearest would only use that in an absolute emergency.

Now, our phone calls and emails catch up with us wherever we are in the world and the lure of the internet is often too strong to resist. But with another seven weeks of political grandstanding until the snap general election on 8 June, the idea of escaping the news cycle with a digital detox is more attractive than ever. For those who really want to check out, here’s where to check in.…

Surf the waves, not the web, in Fiji


Say goodbye to emails and phone signal on the tiny Fijian island of Qamea (Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort )

If you want to discover a part of the world that Starbucks hasn’t, head to the tiny Fijian island of Qamea. At The Maqai Beach Eco Surf Resort life isn’t hectic enough to need a caffeine boost – your phone will get no reception and emails can’t reach you. Sandwiched between rainforest and an icing-sugar-soft sandy beach edged by coral reefs, you wouldn’t want anything to distract from the snorkelling, diving, fishing and surfing anyway. Doubles from £76, all-inclusive.…

Cut yourself off on a cruise round Cape Horn

Escape civilisation with a cruise to Cape Horn (Australis)

Set sail to the southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn, to explore one of the most unspoilt landscapes on earth. On board the Stella Australis cruise liner there is no wifi and there’s no signal in the region either. No one will disturb you as you sail through Glacier Alley and disembark to visit to Wulaia Bay, Alberto de Agostini National Park, and Magdalena Island, which is home to a Magellanic penguin colony. From $2,366 (£1,908) per person, seven nights all-inclusive.…

Swap Amazon for the Amazon


Get up close to nature on the river (Amazon Planet)

There’ll be no online shopping opportunities at Amazon Planet in the Upper Amazon. The telephone signal is sporadic and there is no internet in the bungalows dotted around the lodge with views over the forest and river. But you’ll find plenty to keep you busy while offline. You can spot jaguars, jungle cats, macaws, tapirs and monkeys in the rescue centre or explore the Taricaya turtle conservation project. From £195 for a double-bed lodge, all-inclusive.…

Flag up your needs in the Grenadines


Guests staying at Petit St Vincent use flags to communicate with staff (Petit St Vincent)

Beach villas in the tropical island resort of Petit St Vincent in the Grenadines might come with air conditioning, a Nespresso machine and Bose ipod dock, but you won’t find a telephone, TV or wifi. Instead, you raise a flag to order room service, transportation or lunch on the beach. From £3,585 per person for one week all-inclusive, including flights and transfers.…

Stick to the bear necessities in Canada


Go grizzly-spotting in the Canadian wilderness (Sean Scott)

There is no wifi or signal at Knight Inlet Lodge, a series of floating cabins on the longest fjord in British Columbia and one of the best bear-spotting locations in the world. But with a programme of wildlife tours offering the chance to get up close with seals, sea lions, dolphins, mink, killer whales and, of course, grizzly bears, who needs screen time? From CAD $1,180 (£685) per person for a two-night all-inclusive package.…

Leave the beaten track for a French yurt

Everybody yurts: these digs can only be reached by snowshoe in winter (AirBnb)

Log off and take to the hills – or the Alps, to be precise. This yurt in Rhône-Alpes is so remote that in the winter months you have to don skis or snow shoes to reach it. The fantastic 360-degree views across the Baujus mountains make it worth the journey, however. And the wood-burning stove will ensure that, once inside, you’ll feel toasty whatever the weather. From £66, room only.…

Check in to Puglia for a digital detox


Guests to this retreat must leave phones at the door (It’s Time to Log Off)

An 18th century masseria surrounded by olive, fig, cherry and almond trees in the Puglia countryside in Italy is the setting for It’s Time to Log Off’s digital detox retreat. You literally switch off on arrival when mobiles, tablets, laptops, Kindles and Fitbits are confiscated. You’ll spend your time learning mindfulness, taking part in yoga classes and enjoying bike rides and leisurely walks down to the beach instead. The seven-night retreats take place in May and October. From £870 per person, full board.…

Leave the herd for a Somerset shepherd’s hut

Stay in a shepherd’s hut in Somerset for the ultimate rustic break (Dimpsey)

The only tweet to reach you at this luxury shepherd’s hut at the foot of the Blackdown Hills will be from the birds. Your hosts will fill a vintage picnic basket to order and you can spend the day exploring the surrounding area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, arriving back to the hut at dusk to step into the wood-fired hot tub to gaze at the stars. From £125 for a double room, B&B (including a welcome tea tray).…