This resort in Bali has banned the use of electronic devices

It is a good way to force guests to disconnect. Source: Shutterstock.

WHILE technology and gadgets are godsends, allowing you to stay connected all the time so you will never be out of touch with your family and friends, and affording you the convenience of listening to your favorite artists or watching your favorite shows anytime, anywhere, it is also the bane of our existence.

Especially travelers who fly halfway across the world to some exotic location and yet find it hard to disconnect. Because who can resist posting up just one more travel bragging post on Instagram (after having posted up five in a row in the past hour), eh?

And that is why one resort in the paradise island of Bali has taken it into its own hands to help its guests be “in the now” instead of fiddling with their gadgets.

The award-winning Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali, a five-star establishment located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land perched above Jimbaran Bay, has enforced a ban on electronic devices in its River Pool area.

The River Pool is one of the resort’s 12 pools.

What does this mean for guests? Absolutely no usage of smartphones, iPads, digital cameras, Kindles, and other tablets any time between 9am to 5pm every day of the week.

According to the resort, the rule is in accordance with its “In the Moment” campaign, which aims to provide a private place where visitors can connect with one another and enjoy some me-time.

“The ethos of River Pool is to create a place of tranquility, where our guests can truly relax and be in the moment,” a rep from Ayana told CNN Travel.

Guests are encouraged to unplug and “digital detox” for as long as possible so they can either leave their gadgets in their respective rooms or put them in lockers provided by Ayana Resort & Spa.

The resort will also loan conventional games such as cards, Jenga, sudoku, and magnetic chess as an alternative form of entertainment.

What is the initial response to the new rule?

Some were not happy about the no-gadget policy initially, a rep from Ayana told The Jakarta Post. But they have started to get the hang of it and are now enjoying the privacy at the River Pool.

To add on, Ayana Resort & Spa is also serving up a special cocktail aptly named Digital Detox which is made of vodka, yuzu, honey, and clear tomato juice. So why not treat yourself to a couple?

After all, while there are rules for bringing gadgets to the River Pool, there are no rules to how many Digital Detox-es you are allowed to have.