n. A resort that blocks all incoming and outgoing Internet signals.
Maybe you’ve heard of the latest luxury gimmick of the 21st century. It’s called the "black hole resort." The deal is this: You check into this resort to get away from the Internet, television and the telephone—and you pay extra for the privilege.
Around the same time, I noticed that those who part with $2,285 a night to stay in a cliff-top room at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur pay partly for the privilege of not having a TV in their rooms; the future of travel, I’m reliably told, lies in "black-hole resorts," which charge high prices precisely because you can’t get online in their rooms.
The greatest luxury of the 21st century will be dropping off the grid. Black-hole resorts will be notable for the total absence of the Internet—even their walls will be impervious to wireless signals.