Tailor Your Holiday has been curated to help make a positive social impact on the communities we work with. This is the core of our business model and it forms an intrinsic part of our culture. We aim to reach out and connect with the people we come into contact with. As a result, we strongly believe our work will benefit them and the surrounding environment. Tailor Your Holiday supports the surroundings, communities and global settings where our activities operate. This way, we aim to gain and maintain their vitality. In addition, we provide authentic experiential wellness travel, consisting of activities focused on gaining (or regaining) vitality in our travellers’ lives. As a result, those activities will vary and could include rest, voluntary service, work fitness or cultural and heritage stimulation.
We take a systemic approach to our work, which is tailored towards protecting and honouring the authenticity of every destination we visit. So, planetary wellbeing is just as important as your individual wellness which, when combined, creates a harmonious symbiosis. As a result, you can enjoy absolute comfort and the benefits of sustainability whether you are travelling with us, one of our partners or a local community. Everything we do is with the utmost respect for the people and our planet. This way, we hope to ingrain sustainability practices and goals in our business culture and daily operations. This will positively affect the work we do from responsible travelling and consuming to gender equality and women leadership.
What's our story?
That's a very good question and it's not that easy to answer. The hardest part is to put the magic that happened one morning into words!
The Tailor Your Holiday founders are Asimina and Andrea and they already knew each other before they began as they had met on social occasions a couple of times previously. However, Asimina needed some guidance on what her next professional step would be so Andrea offered to meet her again to discuss it. They then got together to explore all the options. In fact, it seemed Asimina's initial thoughts regarding her professional future came to a dead end. Also, Andrea's suggested option just wasn't enough. So, they both felt something was missing.
Although they didn't instantly reach a positive outcome, they continued their morning coffee discussing life, happiness and creativity. However this pair, from different origins, ages, business backgrounds and totally different personalities, managed to find common ground. Andrea has more than 20 years' experience in business and finance and she is a perfectionist. She describes herself as always ready to take control of any actions and she tends to rely on her logic. On the other hand, Asimina has more than 15 years' experience in the sport and exercise industry in the holistic approach of wellbeing. She is ready to take initiative and almost always acts according to her instincts. Both of them had some things in common that would make all the difference however: they are hardworking, creative and want to really make a difference to society.
So, diversity brought them together then the Tailor your Holiday miracle began.
Without initially realising it at the time, they decided to start this partnership. Their business then grew beyond their expectations. They are both so passionate about what they do that they find they inspire each other. What's more, they get to share this unique experience together.
These ladies are very happy to embark on this journey with you on board. After all, life is simple and more fulfilling when you share your dreams and goals. Our team goal at Tailor Your Holiday is to be a part of a 'family' that aims to create a wellbeing lifestyle, respect nature and make a difference to society.
Thank you and ''Enjoy the ride''!
We reveal the experience and expertise behind our team at Tailor Your Holiday including the qualifications they hold to deliver our retreats.
Asimina is a highly respected Pilates instructor with a wealth of experience behind her.
As a qualified fitness, dance and Body Balance specialist, she believes you can achieve a better physical and mental state. With a passion for mindfulness and Well being, Asimina will guide you through your quest to improve your quality of life. So, whatever your age, build or fitness level, she will steer you on your journey every step of the way. Asimina’s expert knowledge and personable skills will give you the confidence to benefit from a truly memorable experience.
Asimina has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and she holds a University degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences. Asimina’s qualifications include EREPS Level 6 health and exercise specialist, aerobic dance, prenatal Pilates, rehabilitation of the spinal cord and related musculoskeletal conditions and Body Balance certification. This unique, comprehensive combination of skills means she can tailor every retreat to suit your individual needs. Whether you want to simply get away from it all or perhaps have an injury, Asimina is here to help. Even if you are pregnant and keen to speed up your postnatal recovery, she has the expertise to get you results. Therefore, you will return from your retreat feeling satisfied that you can continue to enjoy a fuller, healthier life.
Barbara is one of the most creative and inspiring life and business coach with a remarkable career and international reputation as entrepreneur, senior executive and masterful consultant for more than 20 years.
Experience & expertise
Barbara's experience and expertise have supported a great number of insightful people to expand their horizons. As a result, she has helped them to achieve their milestones in personal and professional life. She is known for her work in helping to create a positive work-life balance and well-being (eudemonia). In addition, Barbara is full of enthusiasm and positive energy with a genuine interest in people. Consequently, she uses her unique training bank and tools to coach people in a strength (virtues) based approach. In fact, the words of wisdom of Greek philosophy and Positive Psychology inspired her to conduct this method.
Barbara is honoured to be a National Kapodistrian University of Athens associate trainer and author of 'Coaching Leadership in the footsteps of Socrates'. This pioneering programme introduces, for the first time, the 'Coach Leader who aims to create an ethical and sustainable global society'.
She is certified by Marshall Goldsmith (#1 Leadership Thinker according to Harvard Business Review) in Leadership Coaching, by City University in Positive Psychology, Dave Drake in Narrative Coaching and Coach University (Coach U). The International Coach Federation (ICF) has approved her as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Moreover, she holds a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Chemistry.
She co-operated with some of the most prestigious companies and organisations such as Beiersdorf, Janssen Cilag, Kone SA, Abbott, Acropolis Museum, Generation Y, Intracom Defense Electronics, Titan Cement Company, Bluegr Hotels and Resorts, Vodafon, Bayer, Sephora. Barbara is also the author of a great number of articles. In addition, she is an accomplished keynote speaker, a published author and co-author on coaching and leadership.
"As a trainer and coach, I help people achieve and sustain positive behavioural change for themselves and the people they care for.
My vision is to inspire and empower visionary and authentic people to create a rewarding and fulfilling work life. In particular I support women to 'crack the glass ceiling' and gain leadership roles in corporate, political and social environments.”
Bridal wedding specialist covering Essex, Suffolk and abroad.
Zoe is highly skilled and creative with over 20 years experience within the hairdressing industry working with bridal parties, hen do packages and corporate events.
Zoe's priority is to offer a highly qualified service tailored to your needs, as well as a friendly face to help calm those nerves on your special day.
Every bride is unique and wants to achieve a beautiful look on her wedding day. Zoe has a wealth of experience allowing you to explore a wide range of possibilities ensuring we create a style and image of your own making you feel nothing but perfect.
Having styled many bridal parties Zoe has been very fortunate to meet many fantastic brides and families, and she looks forward to working with you on your special day.
Stefania is a Sustainability Program Manager, passionate in the development of socially responsible policies and projects that result in more prosperous and resilient communities throughout the globe.
Experience & expertise
Stefania has a long international background and insight dedicated in the development and promotion of sustainable and community-engagement projects. Her personal values and family roots from the vibrant Regions of Corinth (Peloponnese) and Lasithi (Crete) guided her in pursuing a solid academic profile and working experience in the field of socially responsible development with special focus in sustainable tourism. After her studies she went on and worked for several years at the UNESCO in Paris providing expertise for the capacity building in islands, coastal regions and populations in order to face the raising challenges stemming from climate change and achieve sustainable growth. Longing for Greece she came back and soon became a much-appreciated Scientific Associate for Members of the Greek Parliament and worked for more than 10 years providing extensive political analysis reporting and advocacy.
Her passion for the promotion of local cultural and natural heritage and responsible traveling and the added-value that it brings to people and places is most important to her as well as her young daughter. This has recently led to her change in career as a freelance Sustainability and Social Branding Program Manager.
Stefania holds a Masters of Philosophy in Comparative Research of Sustainable Development from the prestigious Grand Ecole for Social Sciences in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), a Master of Science in Tourism and Cultural Planning, Management and Policy from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University of Paris and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the Athens School of Law.
Yoga . Massage . Bodywork Reconnect with your bodymind.
Experience & expertise
Five years of work in marketing was enough to make Asimakis understand that if you are not passionate about what you do, life just passes you by. So he moved on to study drama followed by Swedish massage, fascia therapy and energy healing. However, he has always had a personal interest in yoga. So, it was with this in mind that he embarked on yoga teacher training. As a result, Asimakis has been teaching yoga ever since.
His passion for Yoga is evident in his understanding on how the mind and body work, both on and off the mat. Asimakis always aims to make practice fun and mindful for him and his students. His training is varied and it began in India where he embraced the Sivananda Yoga style. He then came to Europe to absorb the Anusara style of Hatha yoga. For Asimakis, he is always practicing, exploring and discovering new things. Consequently, he ensures his subjects will always benefit from the latest yoga teaching and methods.
Asimakis' qualifications are as follows: 100 hrs Embodied Flow™ School of Yoga Advanced Module "Body", 100 hrs Embodied Flow™ School of Yoga Foundations, 200 hrs Anusara™ Style of Hatha Yoga, 200 hrs Sivananda Style of Hatha Yoga.
Years of practice: 9, Years teaching: 5.
Dr Manos Georgiadis
Expert in Sport/Exercise and Performance Psychology
Dr Manos Georgiadis is an expert in Sport/Exercise and Performance Psychology for more than twenty years. He has been supporting wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and human performance through individualised programs and interventions. His expertise combines a University Degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), a Bachelor in Applied Psychology (City University of Seattle, USA), an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Exeter, UK) and a PhD in Exercise and Health Psychology (Loughborough University, UK).
With the aim to create the best conditions to enhance personal skills and human potential Manos has been supporting companies keen to create ideal working conditions for their employees. He has designed and implemented programs to support quality of life for individuals with special physical and mental needs presenting the applications of his work in European and World Congresses.
He has been the Sport Psychologist of athletes competing for the Greek Olympic Team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and more recently he is supporting the mental skills and performance of world-class athletes in UK. Manos’s expertise in consultancy crosses boundaries supporting personal challenges both for teams and individuals where performance matters.
Manos believes that best results come from a balanced and sustainable lifestyle. Prolonging achievements occur through knowledge of own needs. Respecting personal needs is the key of human potential.
Two of Hollie's passions in life are swimming and teaching. She believes that the learning process should be rewarding and enjoyable, and strive to help her students develop a good relationship with the water.
Tao Swimming is a specialist swimming lesson provider in Southampton. Run by Hollie Hazon-Dodd, a final year Physiotherapy student, swimming lessons for children and adults combine the principles of Shaw Method, Birthlight and Hydrotherapy.
Hollie can share an in-depth knowledge of swimming biomechanics and the therapeutic benefits of immersion and has a specialist interest in working with swimmers rehabbing from injury, neurological disorders or chronic pain or those with anxiety/ phobias.
Working with a range of clients from absolute beginners who have never set foot in a swimming pool to tri-athletes, Tao Swimming has a mission to help everyone, regardless of ability, discover the joys of swimming.
Qualified Biodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Passion for Life Coach.
“It’s about You, the whole You and nothing but You”.
Anni’s current areas of professional interest are Health Psychology, which is the scientific study of the biological, social and psychological factors that influence health and wellbeing. She is also engaged with current research into how beliefs can affect our physiology.
Anni qualified from the Gerda Boyesen International Institute in 1995 and completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology & Sociology in 2013. She is also trained as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher (2017) with Dr Itai Ivtzan,who introduced her to Positive psychology..
In business, Anni has worked in senior relationship management roles for large corporations and smaller entrepreneurial concerns. Her areas of clinical practice include, cancer patients at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London; their friends and families at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre (formerly Wandsworth Cancer Support Centre) and with blind and partially sighted people at RNIB in Islington. She currently works with people at an Addictions retreat in west Suffolk and supports staff from St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.
Anni works to enable people to get the most out of life. Optimum health is about your relationship with yourself, family, friends and the wider social and cultural communities in which we live. Your attitudes to food, fitness, lifestyle and career can affect your day-to-day life; and any one of these can fall into disrepair. Life is for Living, but if you get stuck along the way, the Biodynamic approach which incorporates physical and psychological as a continuum means there can be twice as many opportunities to get well.
Anni works with people recovering from strokes; those with eating disorders; addictions, depression, anxiety and other related conditions.
‘Get the most out of life’
Rosie is a certified Level 3 Group Class Instructor and Personal Trainer, who has recently qualified as a balanced body Mat Pilates Instructor.
She has been involved in high-level sport from a young age, competing in national standard swimming until her last teens and always being outdoors with her family and through school excursions. Tackling everything from rock mouton hikes to canoeing in Norway. Rosie has accumulated a very diverse knowledge of the fitness industry, working in Australia for five years.
Rosie prides herself on being honest and realistic, with an evidence-based approach to health and fitness. Rosie has been given the nickname “the smiling assign” by clients.
Her ambition is to help people understand that overall wellness does not have to be the result of restriction and deprivation. But to teach people the fundamentals of movement that they can have fun with and enjoy throughout life, not just in the gym settling.
"Practice what you preach ethos to training"
John is actively involved through his work with sports such as running, triathlon, cycling, rugby, football, martial arts, boxing, gymnastics, CrossFit, weight training, equestrian and swimming. He also treats clients who have musculoskeletal injury, pain or dysfunction caused by any of life's stresses and from all walks of life. In fact, John has also worked with people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson, Asthma, Cerebral Palsy and Cancer.
John’s qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally. His studies have covered all aspects of massage, remedial massage, soft tissue techniques, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, postural assessment, nutrition and the management of clients in a professional, clinical environment.
John is also a qualified Kinesiology Taping specialist as well as being Pitch Side First Aid/Trauma and AED qualified.
Vassilis Sakkas is a qualified meditation instructor of CFQ system (Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong - Chaoyi “beyond the thinking mind”, Fanhuan “resilience" and Qigong “the art of wellness and happiness”). He has received the degree of level II (mediation) instructor from the founder of the system (Yap Soon Yeong) and the last 9 years he has given many meditation workshops and retreats in European Countries.
His expertise combines weekly meditation classes, workshops, retreats and thousand hours of personal meditation for 15 years.
Vassilis has also involved in Erasmus+ courses on wellbeing subjects, training European teachers to develop stress management strategies, understand their own emotions/body better, enhance clarity/focus and helped to build community.
He believes that the middle way is the solution of a well and happy life. Middle way combines an active and practical living with a real enjoyable attitude.
Contemporary ceramic art items,top of the line jewelery,handmade accessories and many more,blend remarkably in this artshop!
Aimilia's continuing effort since the last 20 years,consists of displaying collections of distinguished Greek artists as well as her unique creations in handmade jewelery and accessories!
Aimilia -the wedding planner
Aimilia is known for her extreme attention to detail. She brings the vision of brides and grooms to life by planning, organizing and overseeing all aspects of their wedding ceremony, reception and, often, the honeymoon.
Nutritionist specialized in eating behavior, weight management and eating disorders and mindful eating instructor
Experience & expertise
Konstantinos' primary goals as a health and wellness professional are to inspire and motivate people. His purpose is to make sustainable changes in their eating behaviours to improve their holistic wellbeing. In fact, he has twenty years of working experience with specialization in obesity and disordered eating behaviours. During the last four years, he has been working and doing more research in the field on mindfulness and its application in eating behaviours.
He is the founder of the programme « project EATT*» (2016-2017), a scientific and evidence-based intervention in the field on mindful eating. This was, for the first time, conducted on the overweight or obese in the Greek population. Project EATT has been nominated in the 7th Panhellenic Congress of Health Promotion and Health Education in Athens (2017) as one of the best community-based interventions.
Project EATT* was also presented to the International Conference on Mindfulness in Amsterdam (2018). In the past, Konstantinos has collaborated with the National School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition & Biochemistry in the major Greek Cohort Study 'EPIC' and with University Hospitals Evangelismos and Sotiria. This has been in his role as a nutritionist with an intervention based on physical activity conducted on patients with COPD and Cystic Fibrosis.
As a nutritionist and bodyART instructor, he has worked with many sports and wellness clubs. As a health promotion counsellor, nutritionist, and health/wellness coach, Konstantinos has collaborated with Greek-based international companies by designing and planning wellness and other similar activities. This way, he has provided support for each company in terms of wellness culture and the concept of workplace wellness. He has an active collaboration with The Centre for Health Services Research, of Athens Medical School and Human Resources Expertise (HRE). Konstantinos is also a member of Hellenic Union of Dieticians and Nutritionists, Wellcoaches® (International group) and The Center for Mindful Eating (International group).
His qualifications are as follows: MSc Health Promotion and Health Education, Athens Medical School/National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Nutritionist-Dietician, BSc, Alexanderio Technological Institute of Thessaloniki
Master Practitioner on Eating Disorder and Obesity, National Centre for Eating Disorders, UK
Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches School of coaching/ACSM, US
International bodyART instructor Level 1&2, bodyART School, Germany