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Phone black hole is the new getaway
Phone black hole is the new getaway

Digital black-holes are becoming less and less common these days with every man, woman and their dog, owning a smart phone.

People are now looking for digital black-hole holidays to truly get away from the BlackBerry beeps, the Facebook updates and the Twitter feeds.

To show there are still holiday destinations off the grid, Escape Travel has compiled a list of the top five digital black-hole getaways.

Escape Travel general manager Mark Hodgson said black-hole resorts were the new trend for modern travellers aching to unplug from the digital world.

"Black-hole resorts are popular for what they don't provide guests. These resorts are in far-flung locations, so there is no mobile coverage, no Wi-Fi access and quite often, no TVs in the rooms. 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. Instead, the focus is filling the digital void with nature walks, yoga, diving, cooking classes, stargazing and moonlit dinners," he said.

Many hotels have deliberately been established on mountain tops or secluded islands for the purpose of digital disconnection and here are Escape Travel's top five digital black-hole getaway location:

First on the list is Patagonia's Hotel Remota, situated on the bay in Puerto Natales. Located four hours from the nearest airport, Puerto Arenas, the 72 room resort offers views of Ultima Esperanza bay, the Balmaceda glacier and the Paine Mountain Range. Surrounded by grazing sheep and cattle; guests are immersed in a South American style country getaway with no internet, no technology and amazing architecture which reflects the ancient rites and spirits of the region. Guests might even catch a glimpse of the geese and wild birds lingering by the lakes.

At number two on the Escape travel list is Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Famous for being the first Robinson Crusoe style resort in the Maldives Soneva Fushi is located on the privately owned island of Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll, which is one of the largest islands in Maldives. The barefoot luxury of this resort has formulated a philosophy of No News, No Shoes. Access to the island is only available via a 30 minute seaplane flight and the villas are scattered along the beach and nestled within the lush green vegetation.

At the Kona Village Resort, Hawaii, travellers can get back to a traditional way of life by fishing with a bamboo pole, making a floral lei or snorkelling the blue water off the beach; where no Smartphone's or technology can get in the way. For a little more indulgence guests can relax in the health spa. Number three on the Escape Travel list is located in an ancient fishing village where guests can stay in one of the Polynesian style thatched roof bungalows on the 82 acre grounds which feature gardens, lagoons, black lava and black and white sand beaches.

On Turtle Island, Fiji, travellers can ride on horseback, hike through the jungle or reserve their own private beach. As part of the Yasawa Islands this privately owned 200 hectare getaway setting features 14 pristine beaches and 14 bures, or straw huts, which are scattered along Blue Lagoon Beach. While there it's all outdoor activities which include; kayaking, reef walking, snorkelling, line and game fishing, sailing, windsurfing and biking.

Uninterrupted natural beauty is what travellers will find on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef. Escape Travel's number five for a digital black-hole getaway is found off the North Coast of Queensland and is only accessible by private plane, so there are no day trippers. The 1013 hectare national park island has 24 beaches, one lagoon and plenty of choices for scuba diving, nature trail walks and secluded picnics.