Relaxing on vacation just got a little easier. Tech-free zones are being introduced at Marriott and Renaissance resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico next month. Yes, there will still be wifi available if you just can't disconnect. But there will also be sections of the resorts free of loud cell conversations and phones buzzing with email alerts.
The move comes after the hotel chain did a survey of guests and found that 85 percent of vacationers have been annoyed by someone talking loudly on their phone, and 31 percent admitted they have been tempted to throw their mobile device in the ocean. That seems extreme, so instead the resorts are banning technology in certain areas (starting in December and running through the prime winter months) to give you a break.
Participating hotels are part of the Paradise by Marriott brand that includes nine resorts in beach destinations like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, St. Kitts, and Aruba. Rates for a double room at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort start at $189 in mid-January, while double rooms start at $159 at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort.