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Where to Go For A Digital Detox in California
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Where to Go For A Digital Detox in California

Need a break from technology and need time to reconnect with your inner god(dess)? Discover places to go for a digital detox in California.

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September 04, 2021

An overflowing inbox? Check. Constant notifications? Check. Separation anxiety from your phone? Check, check, check. All these are signs that you’re in dire need of an overdue digital detox. Reset, reboot, and recharge sans technology with new self-care routines, wellness exercises, and long-lasting effects of an awesome getaway. Treat yourself to a weekend of pure relaxation at one of California's top sanctuaries for well-being.

With Digital Detox Day coming up on September fifth, you have the perfect opportunity to pick a wellness retreat and enjoy the sunshine. Connect with a version of you that you forgot existed and come back to daily life with double the motivation and energy—these California resorts and spas are the answer to all your wellness wishes.

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Top Places for A Digital Detox in The Golden State

Disconnect and go off-grid for a little while. Roam the biodynamic farm barefoot and reconnect to the earth. Photo courtesy of Golden Door.

Golden Door

Location: San Marcos

Experience life-changing and rejuvenating classes for your mind and body, 30 miles of private hiking trails, personal training, farm-to-table meals, and a massage each day when you stay at the Golden Door in San Marcos. The 600-acre property includes a labyrinth, Japanese gardens, a calming bamboo forest, a spa and pool, and beautiful architecture designed mindfully to put you in the right headspace for a digital detox. In addition to programs with a balanced blend of activity, relaxation, and mindfulness, the Golden Door also offers dedicated weeks for women, men, and co-ed guests year-round. 

Previous guests include Nicole Kidman, Marie Kondo, Susan Sarandon, and more inspiring figures who have opted for the Golden Door as their wellness retreat of choice in California.

The Pearl Laguna

Location: Laguna Beach

The Pearl Laguna is a wellness retreat set in an idyllic SoCal setting among the trees in Laguna Canyon. A twelve-bedroom, fourteen-bath luxurious ashram offering single-week and multi-week programs, the wellness retreat is designed to harness the transformative powers of yoga and nature. Their signature programs include a long hike into coastal Laguna Canyon, two yoga classes (energizing yoga in the morning, relaxing in the evening), therapeutic massages, and healthy meal plans designed to cleanse and nourish your body. 

The Pearl also hosts special location retreats throughout the year—upcoming destinations include Peru and Mallorca. If you’d like to go the extra mile (literally and figuratively), consider signing up and completing your digital detox abroad.

Burnt out? Need a change of scenery? Rest and rejuvenate at this magnificent resort. Photo courtesy of La Quinta Resort and Club.

La Quinta Resort and Club

Location: La Quinta

Leaving your phone behind is easy when it’s done somewhere as beautiful as La Quinta Resort and Club. Check into a serene casita and take advantage of all the health and fitness amenities the resort offers by planning a stay that’ll make you forget you brought your phone in the first place. Follow a vegetarian-oriented menu, try juice cleansing and detox, sign up for revitalizing treatments at the spa, and develop new daily habits as you commit to an internet detox. We recommend leaving La Quinta Resort and Club at least once to explore the surrounding desert as well. A hike at the Indian Canyons and a soak in the mineral hot springs can do so much for the soul.

We Care Spa

Location: Desert Hot Springs

We Care Spa has been empowering people to achieve a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle since 1986. Practice juice fasting and a colonic regimen at this minimalist desert locale frequented by celebs and engage in a variety of activities and classes focused on healing your mind and body. To get a grasp of what your spa retreat will look like, check out the simple six-day itinerary on the spa’s website. Don’t want to take our word for how great this wellness retreat is? You don’t have to. Testimonials by returning We Care guests such as Matt Bomer, Alicia Silverstone, and Liv Tyler should do the trick.

Need a break from society? Leave your phone behind and go for a hike. The mountains will heal you. Photo courtesy of The Ranch Malibu.

The Ranch Malibu

Location: Malibu

The Ranch Malibu believes that health is the ultimate luxury and is dedicated to creating a safe and sacred place that allows for personal awareness and life transformation physically, mentally, and spiritually. Through a guided fitness regime, wellness, and nutrition support, the immersive programs at The Ranch allow you to detoxify your body healthily and sustainably. Sounds like the perfect phone detox journey? The four, seven, and nine-day luxury fitness retreats have limited capacity and are highly sought after—hurry up and register.

Esalen Institute 

Location: Big Sur

Stretching across 27 acres of the sweeping Central California coastline, Esalen Institute offers more than 500 workshops and programs throughout the year devoted to cultivating deep change in self and society. The holistic learning and retreat center is perfect for a digital detox because it provides world-class instructors, an unforgettable landscape, and all the support you need to tackle the challenging transformation. Soak in the hot springs, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, and engage in creativity-inducing activities as you declutter your mind on a memorable wellness retreat.

Turn off your phone and go for a bike ride date with your beaux instead. Photo courtesy of Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection.

Solage

Location: Calistoga

Head over to Solage Resort to “detox, retox, and repeat” on a 20,000-square-foot spa dripping in pure luxury. Unwind in mineral water therapy pools, take magical mud baths, get a massage, and enjoy a fine menu of gourmet foods, all prepared with the mission of cultivating health and fitness at the core. Hey, if this is what a digital detox is all about, we’ll gladly give away everything we own that requires a plug.

The Stanford Inn

Location: Mendocino

This extremely scenic coastal Northern California eco-resort hosts four-night vegan retreats in the summer that educate guests on establishing a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness retreat includes cooking classes, mushroom foraging, four servings of breakfast and dinner, nutrition/healthy living classes, and talks with Sid Garza-Hillman, who’s the head of the property’s Mendocino Center for Living Well. You’re also provided with complimentary copies of four health-related books to take home with you. There’s a retreat scheduled for September 9 at the Stanford Inn, so you’re seeing this just at the right time!

If you’d prefer to pair your digital detox with more of a creative program than a health-motivated one, consider signing up for the resort’s two-day Artist’s Workshop. Set in a supportive environment, the program offers playful exploration led by intuition that’s designed to let the creative sparks fly.

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