Continuous connection to technology is normal these days with most guests arriving at hotels fully laden with Ipads, Iphones, Ipods and other mobile devices. Even televisions are expected to be internet ready. However, information overload is now recognised as a major cause of stress and many people are seeking ways to take a break from the constant barrage of e-mails, texts and Google searches.
‘Braincations’ are one of the latest tech trends in the hotel industry. A digital detox give guests the opportunity to enjoy their stay free from wifi and mobile networks and television. Some hotels have embraced the trend by creating specific tech- free areas whereas others have gone a step further by asking participating guests to surrender their devices for the duration of their stay.
So far the response has been excellent with many guests opting to take a break from their technology. Hotels that have been most successful offer alternative activities for guests, such as spa treatments, books, games, cookery and art classes, sports instruction and cameras to borrow. Feedback has shown guests leave more rested and feeling they have spent more time with their partner and, where appropriate, their children.