A vacation is no time to be checking your Blackberry on the beach!
Tensing Pen, Jamaica
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Opened in the 70s as a tiny hippie hangout, this modest-size property has since grown into one of Negril's top-rated resorts. The 17 cottages, restaurant, bar, pool, and small yoga studio and spa hut are built into the cliffs of Negril's West End. The hotel adheres to an ethos of simple, back-to-nature living—there are no TVs, phones, or radios in the rooms so that guests can focus on the rugged natural beauty and breathtaking views.
Natura Cabanas, Dominican Republic
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Offering eco-friendly bungalows in a lush, friendly setting, Natura Cabanas is a taste of serene, northern coast luxury for a remarkably fair price. Guests enjoy delicious, fresh food, a clean, private beach, daily yoga and Pilates classes, and a fabulous spa. It's quiet and a bit rustic without TVs or phones in the rooms, but that's the point.
Travaasa Hana, Maui
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The Hotel Hana-Maui overlooking Hana Bay delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush, secluded east coast. Top spa service, excellent food, a long list of activities, and only 77 rooms on an expansive plot of land make it a haven for those looking to unwind. The large rooms are stripped of TVs, clocks, and radios. The resort is hard to reach but well worth the trip.
The Caves, Jamaica
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Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape, the Caves' 11 private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs. A rustic atmosphere reigns with outdoor showers, large tubs, stone floors, and no TVs. High-quality, locally-grown cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive vacation spot.
Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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This 166-room resort is an unmatched oasis of serenity. It sits on 170 acres of a protected national park dotted with seven remote beaches. The rustic bungalows are built with natural wood and stone and lack TVs and phones, so there's nothing to distract you from the spectacular natural setting.
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Most of Jake's 30 colorful cottages in Treasure Beach lack phones, Internet, and TV and are sprawled along a rugged coastline connected by stone and tile mosaic pathways. A canopy of trees and lanterns arches over the romantic outdoor dining area, bar, and charming saltwater pool. This trendy resort accurately bills itself as "the chicest shack in the Caribbean," complete with on-site painting and yoga classes, a spa, and excellent food.
Jamaica Inn, Jamaica
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A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury—a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with oversize terraces and soft, colonial décor. This is not the place to party (the whole resort typically shuts down by midnight), and there are no TVs, radios, or even clocks in the rooms. (There are TVs in the cottages, however.)
Si Como No Resort, Costa Rica
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A staple in the beautiful Manuel Antonio resort area, the 58-room Si Como No is carefully built into a lush hillside, which means great views and winding paths surrounded by colorful flowers and wildlife. The amenities are a main attraction: two pools, two restaurants, a spa, a movie theater, and a wildlife refuge across the street. The unplugged rooms (although they do have phones) aren't particularly luxurious, but many offer stunning views of the ocean.
Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica
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The lush, laid-back Rockhouse is a holistic haven for stressed city-dwellers—gourmet dining, morning yoga, cliffside loungers, a premium spa, no kids under 12, and beautiful design. But the reasonable rates are most astounding. (The slightly chicer caves costs about three times more.) Rooms are intentionally simple—no TV, no WiFi, and no radios.