About Queen of Retreats

A retreat is a chance to take a break from your everyday life, but are you overwhelmed by the choice out there? Our trusted team of talented writers and wellbeing buffs have done the hard work for you, and here you’ll find a curated collection of retreats we’ve reviewed in person, in depth and with care. This is not a listings site which you can just pay to be on!

Queen of Retreats is run by journalist Caroline Sylger Jones and entrepreneur Stella Photi. Together they work with a talented team of trusted writers and wellbeing buffs all over the world – you can get to know the team through their personal stories in our Journal.

Whether you need a retreat for wellbeing, creativity, relaxation, personal growth or total life change, browse all our Retreats or use our Advanced Search then contact the retreat directly from our site to ask questions or book. Happy Retreating.

Meet Caroline and Stella

Caroline Sylger Jones

Founder & Director

Caroline Sylger Jones is a highly respected travel journalist who has been writing for the international press about spas and retreats for over 20 years. She now writes for The TelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian and magazines such as Psychologies, and is the author of Body & Soul Escapes and Body and Soul Escapes: Britain and Ireland (Footprint). A published poet and committed yoga practitioner, Caroline lives in South Devon with her husband and daughter where between trips she relishes coastal walks, hot baths, novels and lashings of green tea. Find her here.

Stella Photi


Entrepreneur Stella Photi has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years and been running her own award-winning wellness travel agency for over 15. Quite the jet-setter, she has visited over 60 different countries, tried well over 150 different treatments and spoken at major wellbeing events around the world. A mindfulness practitioner, qualified Reiki healer and natural optimist, Stella lives in North London with her husband, son and treasured dog Louis. Her biggest fear is not making most out of life – so much to do in such a short time!

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