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These mindful European retreats give you all the amenities you crave with a getaway, but without the noise.

Emily Mathieson
October 20, 2015

If you’re craving peace and quiet on your next trip, silent retreats are guaranteed to make you unplug—and recharge. The total digital detox can be hard on some, so thankfully, we’ve found five great spots in Europe that will provide you the self-reflection you need, but in stylish digs with luxe amenities. Giving up the chatter may be an adjustment, but you’ll hardly find a visit to any of these choice spots a sacrifice.

D Hotel Maris, Turkey

For dabblers who don’t want to go full immersion, the silent beach at the slick modern D Hotel Maris in Turkey provides a manageable introduction to the concept. One of five private beaches at the resort, it is lapped by turquoise Mediterranean waters and allows for short bursts of reflection; followed by more indulgent activities in the spa or glamorous onsite seafood restaurants (doubles from $284).

Eremito, Italy

Situated in an old farmhouse in an Umbrian valley, this rustic eco-hotel once frequented by hermits is a silent space that the design-savvy owner has fashioned into the guise of a modern monastery. Guests at Eremito (who mostly travel solo) are encouraged to find ‘inner peace’ in a setting that champions simple beauty—all roaring fires, inspiring soundtracks, pretty wrought iron beds and no wifi, of course (doubles from $253 per night).

Gaia House, UK

This authentic meditation center is for purists and experienced practitioners who want to further their study of Buddhist principles. Dharma teachers lead regular retreats in the peaceful setting at this historic, plant-filled manor house surrounded by woodland in south Devon. Guests at Gaia House can opt for a quick one-day stay to a week (from $131 for two nights).

Yobaba Lounge, France

Best known for its gourmet yoga retreats, Yobaba is a beautifully styled Chateau in the medieval Pyrenean village of Chalabre. Bedrooms with huge beams have tapestry bedspreads, vintage kilims, and wicker furniture, and all of the regular retreats include a period of “noble silence.” To take it one step further, the inspiring founders have just launched silent weekends (from $625 for a weekend).

Alpina, Gstaad, Switzerland

In the upmarket Swiss Alpine playground of Gstaad, the elegantly modern Alpina is an exclusive spot for discreet millionaires who can tap into a new silent retreat at the hotel’s Six Senses Spa. Guests on the four-day program relinquish all technology in favor of mountain views and indulgent treatments and activities, while wearing badges to indicate their desire not to be engaged in idle chitchat (from $2,975 for 3 nights).

Emily Mathieson is on the U.K. beat for Travel + Leisure. Based in London, you can follow her at @emilymtraveled.

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