Founder of Wellbeing Escapes, a company that specialises in healthy holidays and experiences.
“I am my customer.” Not a mysterious mantra with some hidden meaning. Just a simple fact that inspired Stella Photi to launch Wellbeing Escapes in November 2005. Being a working mother with a demanding career, the challenge to keep all the balls in the air in life’s big juggling act meant keeping mind and body as fresh as possible In this day and age when everyone is jumping on the “health” bandwagon, Stella saw the need to find and qualify the experts in the industry. This is where her quest started to make healthy breaks accessible and to start a company offering down to earth, objective advice and guidance on a wide range of health and wellbeing experiences. Prior to starting Wellbeing Escapes, Stella managed Leisure Sales for a major U.S. airline in Europe and before then worked for major tour operators. She and her business partner left their jobs in 2001 and formed a consulting firm in the UK. This gave Stella the opportunity to fill a void in the travel and wellness market and to extensively research her dream to create a company that focused on people like her. Stella sees wellness as a journey that doesn’t have an end, but you need like-minded people to guide you. The journey is as personal as the music you listen to or the food you enjoy. As founder of a wellbeing experience company, Stella comes into contact with many holistic experts, life-coaches, fitness instructors, meditation gurus and other wonderful people who share her vision. Having acquired a wealth of knowledge herself in the area of wellness travel, Stella has lent her expertise to many different media publications and is now a leading member of the International Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Her life motto is ‘everyone deserves a little wellbeing’, and this is the dream she is bringing to life in Wellbeing Escapes. Stella lives with her family and Springer Spaniel Louis in North London.