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).…

Clock off at Herm Island 

Detox packages take place on the tiny island of Herm (White House Hotel)

Forget email – you won’t even be able to check the time at the only hotel on Herm. There are no clocks, TVs or telephones at the White House Hotel and you won’t find a car or bicycle on this tiny Channel Island either. The hotel runs tech-free retreats where mobiles are dropped off at reception on arrival and you’re encouraged to embrace mindfulness, practise yoga and gaze at the stars. From £295 per person, two nights half-board.…

A very detached house in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands provide the perfect escape from modern life (Sykes Cottages)

Tucked away in a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands is this idyllic three bedroom, two bathroom fisherman’s cottage just steps from the water’s edge and a six-mile trek to the nearest pub and shops. There is no chance of your phone ringing or your email pinging here: it’s part of Sykes Cottages’ JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) collection, which offers the chance to escape from the digital world and immerse yourself in nature. Salmon- and trout-fishing trips can be organised and on dry land you can look out for stags and deer. From £384 for a week, self-catering; the cottage sleeps five.…

Browsing out in the Beacons 

These futuristic-looking pods are great for getting back to basics (Argoed Barns)

It might look high tech but this geodesic dome, part of Argoed Barns glamping site in the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales, is totally off grid. You won’t even find a bath plug here. There is a brass bed with goose down topper, though, plus a wood-burning stove and the ultimate picture window with a five-metre-long panoramic view of the Black Mountains. Leave your phone and laptop at home, but don’t forget to pack the candles and matches. From £120 for a double, room only.…