Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A World Away from the Digital World

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A World Away from the Digital World

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HIGH-flying executives and busy socialites are fleeing to black-hole resorts for a digital detox, where they can be completely free from midnight BlackBerry beeps and rolling Facebook updates.

With more people switching to smart phones and tablet devices for work and play, it is now almost impossible to log off from the world, so the thought of a holiday that allows you to drop off the grid is quite indulgent.

Escape Travel general manager Mark Hodgson said checking in to black-hole resorts had become the new luxury travel trend for modern travellers, desperate to unplug from the digital age.

C[pounds sterling]Black-hole resorts are popular for what they don't provide guests,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]These resorts are located in far-flung destinations, so there is no mobile coverage, no wi-fi access and quite often, no TVs.

C[pounds sterling]While many resorts claim to offer complete seclusion and relaxation, the best way to truly escape the daily grind is to find a place where you can't be distracted by telephones, televisions or the internet.

C[pounds sterling]Instead, the focus is filling the digital void with nature walks, yoga, diving, cooking classes, stargazing and moonlit dinners.'''

Mr Hodgson said several hoteliers had deliberately established themselves on mountaintops or secluded islands, with the first black-hole resort being Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California,

Here are Escape Travel's top black-hole resorts

Hotel Remota, Patagonia

This place is seriously far removed from the rest of the world.

Hotel Remota is situated on the bay in Puerto Natales in Patagonia. To get there, you must fly to Santiago and then to Puerto Arenas, which is about a four-hour drive from the hotel.

A truly inspiring design makes this 72-room resort one-of-a-kind, with rooms offering grand views of Ultima Esperanza bay, the Balmaceda glacier and the Paine Mountain Range. …

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