DIG­I­TAL DE­TOX

Women's Health (UK) - - WELL TRAVELLED -

WHAT? Time To Log Off Re­treat WHERE? Puglia, Italy

WHY? To cut ob­ses­sive ties with your de­vices and chill

HOW MUCH? Prices start at £795 for five nights

So, like, no con­tact with the out­side world at all? Calm down, we’re not sug­gest­ing you go off-grid al­to­gether. Yes, you do hand over your phone in a cer­e­mo­ni­ous purg­ing on the first night (gah!), but the lux­ury farm­house has a land­line to check in with your part­ner/kids/ mum should you need to. And chances are you’ll be oth­er­wise en­gaged with all the won­der­ful things you can ac­tu­ally en­joy after be­ing un­plugged from your de­vices. Try these: cy­cle rides to lo­cal me­dieval vil­lages, be­ing taught how to make fresh pasta, sketch­ing on the ter­race or loung­ing next to the farm­house’s gor­geous pool. I take it there are other humans to talk to? If you’re into that kind of thing, sure. The re­treat is hosted by Tanya Goodin, au­thor of Off: Your Dig­i­tal De­tox For A Bet­ter Life (her pres­ence is so gen­tle she makes David At­ten­bor­ough seem fiery), who’s on hand for the du­ra­tion of your five-night stay. There are 11 twin or dou­ble rooms in the farm­house so you’ll be stay­ing with mul­ti­ple guests, all of whom will be in the same boat, so the chance to have ac­tual face-to-face con­ver­sa­tions is yours for the tak­ing – or just en­joy the feel­ing of a clear mind with­out the con­stant chat­ter of your so­cials. And the set­ting is hol­i­day­wor­thy? If 20 acres of land set in olive, fig and cherry groves and warm Ital­ian sunshine don’t do it for you, then we wash our hands of you. The farm­house is yours to call home and you’ll tuck into de­li­cious plant-based meals cooked from scratch by the chef. Food high­light? The aubergine frit­ters with beet­root hum­mus are deffo worth post­ing on In­sta­gram.

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