If the thought of being separated from your smart-phone is enough to bring you out in cold sweat, and have your preternatural scrolling thumbs twitching in anxiety, then this blog probably isn’t for you!
However, for the green adventurers amongst us, and anyone who wants to be totally cut off from the modern world, a barefoot hideaway where electricity is either absent or minimal can be a tantalising prospect…
Here we invite you to ditch the i-phone; log off from day to day life, and enjoy a blissfully unplugged escape at one of these gorgeous low-tech hideaways.
Guludo Beach Lodge, Mozambique
When you’ve got mile upon mile of stunning deserted beach, incredible diving and snorkelling, and some of the friendliest locals in the world, who needs electricity?
That was the logic behind the award-winning Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique, which gets major eco brownie points for being electricity free, but also does amazing work with the local community. A real ‘feel good’ hideaway, and one you’ll never want to leave.
Bahia Bustamante Ranch, Argentina
A working marine ranch in Argentine Patagonia, Bahia Bustamante is all about getting back to basics, mucking in on the farm, and enjoying an abundance of wildlife to rival The Galapagos.
Here the electricity switches off at 12 pm – but after a wholesome day of whale-watching, sheep-shearing and riding the rugged Patagonian Steppe, we reckon you’ll be sound asleep long before you notice the lack!
Hotelito Desconocido, Mexico
Anyone who thinks ‘eco’ means basic and boring, clearly hasn’t stayed at the gorgeous Hotelito Desconocido.
An absolute dream for eco-honeymooners, this newly opened bolt-hole is powered entirely by solar panels, and has traditional stilted bungalows that are lit solely with candles at night.
The real treat though is when you step inside your villa and find beautifully crafted and unique touches like baths hewn from stone, and walls made of guitars.
Pousada Picinguaba, Brazil
Powered by French finesse and local Latin flair, this boho beauty nestles amongst one of Brazil’s most bio-diverse coastal rainforests, and blends eco credentials with effortless cool near Paraty.
With no TVs, no phones, and – if you choose – no electricity in your room, you’ll quickly get into the Brazilian rhythm, before heading out to explore the sleepy fishing village of Picinguaba itself, and tucking in to organic produce from their sister ranch, Fazenda Catucaba.
Petit St Vincent, St Vincent and The Grenadines
Feel like a true castaway (albeit an incredibly well-heeled one!), and say goodbye to phones, internet, and TV at this private island paradise.
Petit St Vincent belongs to one of the most exclusive and unspoilt archipelagos in the Caribbean, where the bling of Barbados and some of the flashier islands is replaced with low-key luxury, fantastic sailing, and gourmet picnics on deserted sandbanks.