Few of us resist the urge to check messages or texts, so our work places and social obligations follow us everywhere -- even on family vacations.

Luckily, several destinations offer harried parents and tech-obsessed kids a chance to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with each other. Appropriately, these tech-free locales are not situated in big cities, where access to technology is all too tempting, nor in destinations that'll leave you so bored, you'll be fantasizing about Snapchat. Instead, resorts that promise digital detox vacations, although quiet, are focused on the outdoors, quality time spent with family, and a chance to recharge your personal batteries.

Here are 8 tech free vacations if your family is willing to brave a trip that is truly off the grid.

Written by Susan Huber

Jakes Hotel, Villa & Spa, Jamaica

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109 Family Reviews
Jakes is located on secluded Treasure Beach in Jamaica, the perfect relaxed and rustic setting with charmingly funky cottages. Dubbed the "chicest shacks in the Caribbean," the rooms and cottages are seamlessly tucked into the rugged landscape and black sand beachscape. No two rooms are the same and each features a beautiful view of the gardens or the ocean, with equal parts of indoor and outdoor living space.

The activity list is as fabulous as it is diverse. Guests find the expected: boating, fishing, walking, cycling and beaching, as well as the unexpected: yoga, Jamaican cooking classes, onsite watercolor classes, glass mosaic workshops, crafting for children, and a soccer-based sports park. For families, Jakes provides board games, a shallow pool, play pens, high chairs and nanny services with 24-hour notice. Adorable for children and teens is the spa's mini menu of services including nail art and hair braiding. Some of the cottages include up to three bedrooms and small open-air kitchens, perfect for a family vacation. Guided tours will escort guests through the rain forest to the YS Falls for swimming, zip-lining and tubing; Alligator Pond for watching wild life; and Black River, a 44-mile wetland preserve, for a safari.

The Vacation Detox at Jakes: The cottages at Jakes do not have Wi-Fi, televisions nor telephones. Larger cottages suited for families include small televisions for watching DVDs, but there is no cable service. For the truly desperate, Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby and the restaurant. Lest you think that you've forsaken all modern amenities, each room is air conditioned and has a CD player and ceiling fan!

Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa, Dominican Republic

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This eco-friendly resort is located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic between the small towns of Cabarete and Sosua on a private, unspoiled beach. The focus here is on ecology and a respect for nature that is evident in the bungalow construction, as well as the cuisine that is served. Featuring only 11 cabanas, guests are assured a crowd-less vacation. The cabanas are exceptional -- crafted from locally sourced bamboo, with stone walls and thatched roofs. Toiletries include handmade soap, and the large, round shower tubs simulate a private outdoor shower. Families enjoy the bungalows that feature kitchenettes, as well as cribs, laundry and babysitting services.

Pilates and yoga are among the most popular activities at this resort, but virtually every form of water sport is also available. Nearby in Cabarete, there is a lively nightlife scene and access to more extreme sports such as kite surfing and windsurfing.

The Vacation Detox at Natura Cabanas: In exchange for all of the above, guests at Natura Cabana will need to relinquish cell phones, television, in-room air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Phone calls can be made from the front desk and those desperate for the internet can find access in the common areas.

Kenauk Nature, Canada

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Formerly the Fairmont Kenauk at Le Chateau Montebello, Kenauk Nature is located along the Outaouais River, halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, and is one of North America's largest and longest-established fishing and game reserves. A stay at this resort guarantees a rustic, but first-class experience. Accommodations include 13 tucked-away chalets featuring one to six bedrooms. The private cabins are powered by propane, wood and solar energy -- many with screened-in porches and all with superb views. Fully equipped cabin kitchens and barbecue grills allow families to prepare their own meals as desired. Local chefs can be retained to prepare a gourmet meal in your own chalet, and arrangements can be made to have a refrigerator stocked prior to your arrival.

Onsite activities include fishing, hunting, range shooting, canoeing and hiking. At the nearby Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, guests can enjoy a full-service spa, fitness center, tennis, squash, swimming, golf and fine dining.

The Vacation Detox at the Fairmont Kenauk: Guests at this resort will not find cellular service, electricity nor television. The Kenauk proudly states, "the only blackberries [here] grow on bushes." Two-way radios keep guests in touch with the main gate, and there is a pay phone on the property. If you are desperate for the outside world, internet and telephones are available at the Fairmont Le Chateau.

The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos

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Unlike Providenciales (Provo), the most populated of the Caicos Islands, Pine Cay is a small, 800-acre island that is home only to The Meridian Club and a scattering of private homes. A bit of a trendsetter, the resort opened its doors in 1973 and remains true to its roots, promoting "barefoot elegance" and eschewing modern glitz and glamour. Each of Pine Cay's 12 rooms and the Sand Dollar Cottage look out onto one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Guests also enjoy the spacious bedrooms, private outdoor showers, and lounging alcoves leading to screened-in porches; no air-conditioning is necessary as the rooms are cooled by gentle trade winds.

Activities include tennis on a grass court, swimming, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, spa services, excursions and more. Dining at The Meridian Club is all-inclusive -- breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, with the exclusion of alcoholic beverages, are part of rates. One caveat for families: children 12 and older are welcome all year, with guests ages 6 to 12 allowed only during the Family Months of June and July, as well as the Christmas and New Year's holiday week.

The Vacation Detox at The Meridian Club: There are no cars (and thus no noise from horns or traffic) -- the island is accessed by a 30-minute boat ride from Provo or a flight into Pine Key's small air strip. Radios, televisions, buzzing jet-skis and telephones also aren't accessible. Cell phones can be used in guestrooms and in certain designated areas. A hotel phone is also available for emergencies. If you're struggling with your low-tech environment, sketchy internet access is available in a small business office.

Petit Saint Vincent Resort, Grenadines

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Petit Saint Vincent Resort (PSV), known for its white-sand beaches and remote locale, is situated on the privately owned island Petite St. Vincent in the Grenadines. The accommodations at PSV are exceptional, offering stunning views and luxurious appointments. Each of the 22 cottages and villas are built of native stone and are spread out discreetly across the island. Rates include three meals each day, served in a variety of restaurants, and exclude alcoholic beverages; afternoon tea and room service are added pleasures.

Activities include the usual array of island fun and many are included in the daily room rate. Most charming about this resort is its long-standing tradition of flag communication. If your cottage's yellow flag is hoisted, a staff member will immediately appear to provide whatever service you need; if your red flag is flying, you will definitely not be disturbed! Creature comforts include mini-fridges, coffeemakers, iPod docks, air conditioning, blow dryers and irons. Note that the resort is closed for the months of September and October.

The Vacation Detox at the PSV: Guests of Petit St. Vincent will not find televisions, telephones nor internet access in their cottage, but those red and yellow flags will have to suffice for your tech free vacation! In a pinch, there is an internal phone system that allows guests to reach the front desk.

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Montana

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40 Family Reviews
Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is the perfect spot to visit a dude ranch, as well as "relax, rejuvenate and reconnect." The Ranch is located on more than 8,000 acres of gorgeous, rugged Montana countryside and adjacent to Gallatin National Forest. Visiting "ranchers" fly into Bozeman and travel about an hour or so south to the resort. Thirty idyllic log cabins await, with one-, two- and three-bedroom options. The cabins date back to 1929, when this authentic working ranch first opened its doors to guests, and regularly refurbished rooms feature appropriately rough-hewn furnishings, mini-fridges, picture windows, porches, and often fireplaces. Three gourmet meals are included with the room rates and are served both in the dining room and outdoors; coffee and tea service, as well as daily deliveries of fresh fruit complete the picture.

Available activities at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, yoga, golf, tubing, campfire sing-a-longs, tennis, a heated pool and hot tub, and too many more to list. A full-time staff is on board to entertain children (including infants) for as long or as short as parents would like. Babysitting outside of the regular programming is also offered. The array of kid-friendly entertainment is terrific and varied enough to please everyone.

The Vacation Detox at Mountain Sky: Without television, telephone and internet service, along with a required seven-night stay, Mountain Sky will surely encourage family conversation, some quiet time for reading and relaxing, and a renewed connection with each other and nature!

The Travaasa Hana, Maui

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The Travaasa Hana is located on the eastern tip of Maui. This somewhat remote hotel is reached by a scenic and serpentine drive along the Hana Highway. The surroundings are a true tropical wilderness with ravines draped in waterfalls and lush rainforests. Overlooking Kaihalulu Bay, the Travassa Hana considers itself to be "Maui's last truly Hawaiian place" and does indeed deliver an authentic Hawaiian experience. Accommodations include 47 rooms, divided between Sea Ranch Cottages and Garden View Suites.

The cottages are recommended for couples or families with children 16 and older. Cottage guests enjoy a wide variety of amenities such as spa services, Travaasa experiences and dining, with a healthy Polynesian flair. The suites are perfect for day-trippers or younger family groups and offer a la carte access to the all-inclusive offerings for cottage guests. "Travassa Experiences" refer to the resort's extensive daily schedule of activities, classes and excursions. True to its Hana roots, the array of offerings includes many that reflect Hawaiian culture, such as lei making, hula and ukulele lessons, horseback riding, throw-net fishing instruction and a fruit-tasting tour. Families will enjoy the mini-golf, supervised activities for children, gorgeous infinity pool, cribs and babysitting.

The Vacation Detox at Travaasa Hana: A tech free vacation at Travaasa Hana begins upon arrival at this off-the-beaten-path resort. In the rooms, guests will not find: air conditioning, clocks, Wi-Fi, telephones, television or radios. For the unwillingly unplugged, Wi-Fi is available in hotel common areas.

Arawak Beach Inn, Anguilla

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Unlike the other resorts included in these superb places to unplug, Arawak Beach Inn is a bit of a hybrid resort when it comes to liberation from electronic devices. The Inn boasts 17 rooms, painted in a beach-inspired array of pastel colors and furnished accordingly. Featured amenities (some for a fee), include those typically expected at an island resort: cable television, in-room internet access, air conditioning, CD players and cell phone coverage.

While this resort may not sound like the best option for a digital detox vacation, the Arawak offers guests seeking disconnection something unusual: an Isolation Vacation, appealing to technology junkies who may not have had a true vacation in years.

The Vacation Detox at Arawak Beach Inn: With the Isolation Vacation, all electronic devices are turned over to the Inn's staff upon arrival. Televisions, phones, and internet access are removed from the guestrooms, forcing the exhausted to relax and rejuvenate during a mandatory seven-day stay. The unplugged package includes an oceanfront room, daily breakfast, four dinners, a three-day car rental for sightseeing around Anguilla, three days of snorkeling, a private day-trip to an uninhabited island with a gourmet picnic lunch, and a deep-sea fishing excursion.

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