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Vacation used to mean leaving the office, your phone and any connection to the “real world” at home. Today, thanks to smartphones, laptops and easily accessible Wifi, that’s almost never the case. For anyone who’s ever rushed back to their room to check email in between spa appointments, or looked feverishly for an outlet to plug-in by the pool, these off-the-radar resorts and relaxation-inducing spa treatments are for you.


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Wilderness Retreat

The term “private island” may bring up thoughts of palm trees, sparkling water and white sand, but British Columbia’s Sonora Resort puts a spin on the standard definition. Accessible by helicopter, seaplane or boat, the resort is not easy to get to—and that’s what makes it so relaxing. You’ll spend your days staring at picturesque mountain views, lounging in the spa and dining on indigenous dishes and fresh seafood. sonoraresort.com

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Barefoot Luxury

New from the mega-wellness portfolio of the Banyan Tree brand comes a new art: Doing absolutely nothing. Available at the Vabbinfaru location in the Maldives, the Art of Doing Nothing package plays on its idyllic island beach location in the Maldives, where guests can leave their shoes at the door and take in all this retreat delivers: daily meditation classes, massage, star gazing and snorkeling, to name a few. banyantree.com

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Beachside Solace

Discreet and disconnected, Little Palm Island is a private enclave in the lower Florida Keys that’s only 30 miles away from Key West but a million miles from any sort of “scene.” Known for its South Seas–meets-Swiss Family Robinson vibe, the property only plays host to 60 guests max in its 15 thatched-roof bungalows—private suites hidden behind coconut trees, with sundecks and ocean views, that are completely replete of alarm clocks, TVs or telephones. littlepalmisland.com

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Historic Haven

The Omni Homestead can definitely be described as historic but that wouldn’t do it justice. Nestled in a remote location high in the Allegheny Mountains in Virginia that feels miles away from “modern-day real life,” the property somehow manages to create that perfect mix of making you feel like you stepped back in time, yet pairs it with luxurious amenities. omnihotels.com

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Beach Retreat

For those content with sun, sand and a relaxed vibe, Caneel Bay in the Virgin Islands is about as laid-back as it gets. Try the Wireless Relief Massage to focus on any areas that have fallen victim to computer-overuse. caneelbay.com

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Urban Oasis

Originally a spa where you could nap in the day, YeloSpa has evolved into a fullblown retreat that offers much more. One of its specialties, the 15-minute Tech Buster, is a hand and forearm massage that helps get rid of any computer– or smartphone-induced tension. yelospa.com

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Hollistic Helper

Forget the Outside World spa treatment at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia is designed to de-stress. The 105-minute treatment includes a full-body massage along with a facial mask and reflexology treatment. jademountain.com

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