Villa Stephanie
Erika Owen
June 25, 2015

As much as we may plan to disconnect during vacation, actually following through is much harder than it sounds. One hotel in Germany is looking to give guests that extra push toward unplugging with their option to (literally) turn off the wireless connection in their rooms. The Villa Stéphanie in Baden-Baden, Germany is the spa/resort behind this quirky amenity.

Here's how it works: once a guest flips the "kill switch," a signal-blocking copper grid within the walls is activated to divert any incoming connections. There is also a special coating on the hotel room walls which claims to block 96 percent of surrounding signals. The chief executive of the Oetker Collection—the brand that owns Villa Stéphanie—shared that about half of the resort's guests have already taken advantage of the digital detox during their stays.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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