Hotels amenities and services often reflect the needs of modern society (and sometimes are indicators of contemporary paranoia).
An ultimate trend in hospitality is to offer digital detox experiences in hotels were there aren’t WI-Fi connections (at least for guests, staff and administration of course use it but…secretly), and in which also interior design is studied to promote relax: special floors and furniture can even allow heart to save 3500 beats per day. (It appears that a specific Italian pine has properties in that sense and many mountain resorts in Dolomites have this specific furniture).
Recent statistics say that 25% of English travelers have made digital detox holidays in 2016 and this is happening all over the world.
What you can simply do in a digital detox hotel
In a digital detox hotel you can relax reading a book and resting from modernity, avoiding to update the world on what you are doing.
In some hotels you can leave your smartphone and digital devices at the reception and they will lock them until you will check out.
That sounds strange because we inner know how to live without a Wi-Fi connection or a smartphone, especially those among us who were born before 2000, but it seems that this was an old habit of humans.
The Italian version: monasteries and countryside
Major Italian tourism expert are debating in main fairs and conferences about digital detox tourism and how to develop it in Italy
Italy is aligning on this big trend taking advantage of its heritage of monasteries and peaceful countrysides (not only Tuscany but also Umbria, Piedmont, Trentino and Puglia).
In one of main central Italian regions, Umbria, an old hermitage dated 1300 in green countryside is one of the first Resort that offered such an experience.
No phones, no internet nor TV. Guests sleep in monks cells and pass their days practicing yoga or horse rides.
In this hotel also lighting is less modern: after the dawn the only light you can find is from candles and torches.
Future destinations will be focused on health and wellness of Guests, and not only in terms of spa or beauty treatments but also on soul and deep wellness.
However at today digital detox experiences in Italy are exclusive of high starred hotels and rates are still high.