Clearwater unplugged: Hotels encouraging digital detox

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Opal Sands Resort sits at the end of Clearwater Beach along the Gulf of Mexico.
Opal Sands Resort sits at the end of Clearwater Beach along the Gulf of Mexico.

For guests who might need a little help disconnecting from technology during their getaway, two Clearwater Beach hotels are offering the opportunity for a digital detox.

The Tech-Free Treasure Chest promotion at family-friendly Sandpearl Resort will provide a custom box for everyone to put their devices so they can enjoy a tech-free meal at the restaurant. For participating, guests will be treated to free dessert for the table.

Just down the beach, the spa at the Opal Sands Resort is offering a series of Social Addiction treatments that are specifically designed to treat ailments caused by excessive technology use. Guests can choose from three 25-minute treatments: chair massage to treat neck hyperextension, hand reflexology for typing pain or scalp massage to treat headaches from eye strain.

The Opal Sands is also offering a new Sensory Overload amenity, which includes a pair of Jabra Elite 85h Noise-Canceling Headphones (or earplugs, if the guest prefers), a set of Earth Luxe essential oils including lavender, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus and an Ugg-branded travel set with sleep mask. The amenity costs $106 for the version with earplugs and $532 for the luxury version with the noise-canceling headphones.

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