An ashram is often situated in a remote place with fewer distractions to escape from facing one's ego - no cinema, no pubs and no shops. We do not have television, radio or newspapers. Though there is nothing inherently wrong with these things, they distract us from looking deeper into ourselves. Being in the middle of nowhere allows us to see the environment and our relationship with the wider world.
An ashram is designed for simplicity - not luxurious comfort. The food is vegetarian and nourishing, to promote good health and purify the physical body to encourage yogic practice and meditation.