Hotel Barging: The Ultimate Digital Detox

We’re looking ahead to escaping those dreaded cellular news alerts, daily video calls and vacation ‘throwbacks’ on social media causing the feeling of ‘digital fatigue’. Join us as we close our laptops, put down our tablets and silence our telephones as we enjoy the ultimate digital detox on a luxury barge cruise…

Why Hotel Barging Offers The Ultimate Digital Detox

Enjoy the Sights of the Sweeping Countryside

A wonderful distraction from everyday life is simply watching the world pass you by as you cruise some of Europe’s glorious sweeping countryside. Pass little chocolate-box villages, enjoy scenes of local wildlife and enjoy the peace and serenity of a slower pace of life as you cruise gently along the water.

Digital Detox: take the time to capture the moment – practice your photography skills, journal or perhaps take a moment to paint a countryside landscape from the spacious deck.

The verdant trees that surround the calm waters of the Burgundy Canal
The Burgundy Canal

Indulge in a Gastronomic Journey

Each day, your onboard chef will take you on a culinary journey with a variety of world-class dishes including many inspired by the region you’re visiting. Whilst breakfast is a more casual affair, you can enjoy a delectable four-course meal for lunch and dinner – complemented by a selection of fine wines and a cheese platter to top! You may wish to capture these beautifully-prepared dishes, but we can guarantee that you’ll be too busy savouring the flavours to be worrying about sending them to your friends and family back home…

Digital Detox: Our chefs often invite guests on a local market visit, and often on an onboard cooking demonstration. It’s a great way to make memories and bring a slice of your experience home with you!

Cooking demonstration aboard luxury hotel barge, Finesse
Cooking demonstration aboard luxury hotel barge, Finesse

Take Advantage of our Onboard Facilities

Should you find yourself with time to spare onboard, most of our hotel barges enjoy an indulgent deck-top spa pool – a delightful way to relax amongst pretty countryside scenes. Alternatively, if you’d like to get out and explore, why note take advantage of our complimentary bicycle use and cycle along the towpath or for something a little further afield, our crew will be happy to recommend a selection of local cycle routes.

Digital Detox: get comfortable in the cosy saloon with a good book from the barge’s mini library and a glass of full-bodied wine, a single malt or perhaps a refreshing cocktail prepared and served by our dedicated crew.

Cosy saloon aboard Renaissance
The cosy saloon aboard Renaissance

Enchanting Evenings

What’s better than an evening aperitif on deck, complemented by the smooth tones of a live jazz band in France, an authentic Piper serenading the barge on the banks of Scotland’s Caledonian Canal or perhaps a live Opera performance in Venice? Whichever barge you choose, our weekly live performances are sure to enchant.

Digital Detox: love the Opera? As well as an onboard performance, our dedicated Opera Cruises include a night at the esteemed Arena di Verona with tickets to a magical performance.

Opera Cruises aboard La Bella Vita

Get off the Grid

Your Out of Office is on, Airplane Mode is activated and you’ve finally arrived at your luxury hotel barge, ready for a week of exploration and relaxation in ultimate luxury. Like many small-boat cruises, complimentary WiFi is available whilst on board but strength of signal very much depends on local connections.

Digital Detox: truly get off-the-grid, and disconnect from your devices as much as possible to truly immerse yourself in the slow-pace of luxury barge cruising – the ultimate digital detox!

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