For the first time, solo travellers, couples, and tired, busy and burnt-out city workers will be able to reap the benefits of a digital detox in Wales. With 72 hours being the optimum, minimum time required for both their mental and physical wellbeing, Marley is available for guests for a three-day weekend or four-day mid-week trip. When guests return to ‘normal life’, they improve problems associated with too much screen time, including poor sleep, brain fog and a lack of productivity, while improving their overall relationship with devices.
Marley is situated in the picturesque Dee Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning guests can enjoy the ultimate, secluded respite within its beautiful, far-reaching and open surroundings.
On arrival, guests have the option to lock their phones in a lock box for the duration of their stay. These are swapped for an old-school Nokia mobile (Snake included), an instant camera with film and a physical map to explore the area’s scenic surroundings, which includes a number of desired walking routes for both beginners and the adventurous.
Like all of Unplugged’s cabins, each has a unique itinerary of potential activities within walking distance. For Marley, this includes a trip to Horseshoe Falls, The Cornmill – a beautiful waterside pub/restaurant in nearby Llangollen, as well as white water rafting and canoeing – courtesy of Bearded Men Adventures.
Built with comfort in mind, there’s also access to a hot shower, premium, hotel-quality bedding and a fully equipped kitchen with a gas hob. No Wi-Fi is available. A benefit of being in nature is that Marley’s guests can reconnect with their immediate surroundings and consequently improve their sleep, productivity and overall relationships with their devices. Marley is also dog-friendly as it’s located in a fenced enclosure.
Entrepreneurs, friends and co-founders Hector Hughes and Ben Elliot are the creative visionaries behind Unplugged and created the escapes due to their own personal experiences from spending too much time behind a screen.
Like all of Unplugged’s cabins, Marley is sustainably built and runs solely on solar power. The cabin is also fitted with panoramic windows immediately next to the bed, allowing guests to wake naturally, swap ‘blue light’ for ‘starlight’, and enjoy North Wales’s luscious, rolling green hills.
All escapes are for a minimum of three nights, the optimum time for a digital detox, and start from £390 per cabin.
Unplugged digital detox stays start from £390 per cabin
All bookings can be made through www.unplugged.rest
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