Meet Caroline Sylger Jones
Queen of Retreats was set up by Caroline Sylger Jones, a travel journalist and retreat specialist who has been reviewing spas, retreats and healthy holidays since the late 1990s.
Caroline writes regularly on wellness holidays for The Telegraph and The Times, and is the author of popular specialist guidebooks Body & Soul Escapes and Body & Soul Escapes: Britain & Ireland (Footprint Books). She also contributes to both the Tatler and Condé Nast Traveller spa guides, and is the Spa Trekker for healthista.com.
During the course of her career, Caroline has written about healthy holidays for all the major UK publications, including The Independent, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Elle, Red, Psychologies, Wanderlust, Health and Fitness Magazine, TS Zine and many specialist and in-flight magazines. She has contributed to books by travel publishers such as Alistair Sawdays, Fodor’s and the Rough Guides, websites such as i-escape.com and coolplaces.co.uk, and wrote a popular weekly wellbeing column for two years for The National in the UAE.
Caroline works as a consultant on healthy holidays for organisations as diverse as Radio 4 and the Travel Channel and runs The Retreat Consultancy, which helps individuals and small companies set up or improve the retreats they run – she offers advice and copywriting, and access to a film-maker and a brilliant retreat and spa PR.
Caroline first discovered the pleasures of massage, meditation and yoga as a knackered travel writer in the late 1990s. She did her first detox on Koh Samui in Thailand in 1999 after a particularly gruelling world trip, her first yoga holiday at the Blue Beach in Dahab, Egypt in 2000 after feeling bored and burnt out working at a publishing house in London, and her first 10 day silent meditation retreat at Surat Thani in Thailand in 2002 after a break up with someone she shouldn’t have been involved with in the first place. A yoga devotee, she loved her two month introduction to Iyengar yoga teacher training with Australian teacher Glenn Ceresoli in 2007, though it was a tad hard, and she now practices yoga on a daily basis. She also attends a regular Buddhist meditation sitting group in her home town in Devon.
Caroline was once called ‘Queen of Retreats’ in a magazine interview and the name stuck – for her, the name refers to all the lovely writers who write for her site, and to the best retreats featured on it. She doesn’t have ideas above her station, honest, but she does enjoy a spot of pampering and continues to go regularly to spas, retreats and healthy holidays. She is based in Devon and loves spending time with her daughter and her king, doing yoga, writing poetry, reading novels (usually in hot epsom salt baths), looking at art, drinking champagne, overdosing on green tea, having regular massage, walking by the sea, swimming and indulging in giant doses of solitude.