Need a digital detox vacation, but the thought of disappearing into the wild makes you cringe? The Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast proposes the perfect solution for those of us who can’t bear to go completely off-grid: Upon arrival at the resort, you’re met by a “Digital Detox Concierge” to whom you surrender all your electronics. Palpitations, I know. But there’s a twist: You can earn your devices back by participating in nature-filled activities that invigorate your body, soothe your mind, and nourish your soul. Win, win.
Take a Break from Your Phone on a Wellness Vacation in Mexico
Break Your Screen Addiction
Embark on a Nature-Filled Adventure
Set on 206 acres of lush jungle with mangroves and a soft white sand beach, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Digital Detox Concierge organizes activities in nature to restore your natural state of wellbeing. For example, you might start with the Ecological Tour, a journey through tropical flora and fauna in the jungle. Look closely (with your eyes, not your phone camera) at plant species like the sea grape, sea lilies, and salt grass. Taste exotic colorful fruits from the chef’s garden, and relax by onsite cenotes. With that newfound vacation energy, get wet snorkeling through crystalline Caribbean waters filled with coral reefs, tropical fish, and turtles. Forget FOMO, what could be better than relaxing yoga on the beach? Reconnect to your sense of wonder and feel the expansiveness of the universe—not a search engine—as you stargaze next to a campfire.
Ease Into a Healing Massage on Your Getaway on Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Guests can also earn screen time by relaxing at the award-winning SE Spa with restorative treatments inspired by Indigenous Mayan traditions. Yes, that bears repeating—you can win your TV back by doing the grueling work of going to the spa. Choose the Nik Te Ha Water Massage to inspire harmony between the mind and soul, relieving chronic fatigue, insomnia, and stress. Or perhaps you’re feeling the Pixam Kan Massage, which involves a sacred Mayan jade, a stone that is said to balance chakras and release suppressed emotions. In desperate need of chill vibes? Go with the Vibrational Healing Massage to induce a deep state of relaxation through vibrating bowls, tuning forks, and a healing solfeggio frequency.
Dine in Style—Without Devices
Gather around the table and remember what it's like to dine without your phone at the resort’s signature restaurant, Cocina de Autor. Admire their artful plating and savor the imaginative gastronomic adventure of Mexican and Caribbean classics. Visit the Sky Bar at sunset to sip farm-to-glass cocktails inspired by Mayan astrology while you drink in the view IRL, rather than scroll through social media. Culinary adventurers will be happy to know the resort boasts 8 different restaurants in total, each one featuring a different worldly cuisine.
Live in the Present Moment
Whether you arrive solo, with friends, as a couple, or with family, the Digital Detox program is bound to lead to meaningful moments as you take a break from your draining on-screen habits. Rather than check your email, kayak along a white sandy shore. Turn off the news and tune into the present moment as you spend quality time together (or alone) without any rings and dings to distract you.
It’s easy to put your phone down when it’s not there. Feel the digital rat-race melt away as you immerse yourself in the present moment and begin creating memories that will light you up for a lifetime. As your digital detox comes to an end, you might leave with newfound peace; a renewed focus on lasting satisfaction over instant gratification. The Digital Detox program at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an invitation to befriend yourself and reconnect to a deeper sense of satisfaction—which just might be the feeling you were after all along while scrolling through the ‘gram.
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