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Meet the Team

Here you can discover more about our team, what we love, our favourite healthy holidays, best spas, favourite destinations, activities and our top travel and health tips.

Paul Joseph

Director
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Favourite Healthy Holiday: Kamalaya, Thailand
Favourite Spa: Porto Elounda, Crete
Favourite Treatment: Bolus Bag Massage (an Ayurvedic treatment)
Favourite Destinations: The Caribbean, Ibiza, New York and Italy
Favourite Activity: Yoga

Top Travel Tip:
Support your immune system with a daily probiotic supplement when travelling.

Top Health Tip:
Energise yourself every day with a simple practice of pranayama yogic breathing exercises to increase your mental, emotional and physical health.

Most Memorable Travel Experience:
Climbing Petit Piton in St Lucia

About:
Paul co-founded Health and Fitness Travel to combine his passion for travel with health and fitness. Paul has vast knowledge and experience in the well-being industry and was never one for fly and flop holidays; he created a travel company that would appeal to both men and women offering a high-class personalised and seamless service to find people the best wellness holidays. Paul's other love is exercise, cycling and yoga and he also contributes to various high-profile media publications where he offers his expert advice on healthy holidays.


Adam Heathcote

Director
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Favourite Healthy Holiday: Como Shambhala, Bali
Favourite Spa: Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Favourite Treatment: Taksu massage (a local Balinese invigorating massage)
Favourite Destinations: India, Thailand, Bali
Favourite Activity: Tennis

Top Travel Tip:
Make the most of your time and space in the airport lounge to stretch before your flight, it will make the duration of your flight more comfortable.

Top Health Tip:
Try to spend just 10 minutes a day meditating by observing your thoughts with no judgement. It will bring clarity to your day-to-day thinking.

Most Memorable Travel Experience:
Climbing Mt Abang in Bali, it was a true experience of fitness, discovery and nature.

About:
Adam co-founded Health and Fitness Travel out of his desire to live from health and happiness and to share this with others. His understanding of well-being combined with his passion to travel, explore and understand the world makes him the ideal person to offer advice on where to go. Adam's expertise lies in computing technology; creating and innovating for the future in an ever-changing digital world. Adam often plays tennis and golf and when he's not cycling you will find him free from thought on a meditation retreat.


Claudia Battisti

Travel Sales Manager
Claudia Battisti

Favourite Healthy Holiday: Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Favourite Spa: Vilalara Longevity, Portugal
Favourite Treatment: Ayurvedic Massage
Favourite Destinations: Brazil, Italy, Bali & India
Favourite Activity: Yoga

Top Travel Tip: Holidays are the perfect time to give your body the chance to speak. Be kind to yourself, do only what feels right for you, rest when you need, drink lots of water and eat foods rich in vitamins and fibre.

Top Health Tip: Your body is your temple and your mind is the creator of your reality. Let them work together by exercising regularly and keeping a positive attitude.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Swimming with giant turtles in open sea at the island of Fernando de Noronha, on the coast of Brazil.

About: Having grown up between the Brazilian coast and the Italian alps, Claudia loves the sea, the mountains and everything outdoors. Yoga and meditation are part of her daily routine and she loves to cook using macrobiotic techniques. Claudia has been working in travel for over 10 years and has a great passion for wellness. She is also a language enthusiast and is currently perfecting her fifth language.


Laura Burden

Travel Specialist
Laura Burden

Favourite Healthy Holiday: Epic Sana, Portugal
Favourite Spa: SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Favourite Treatment: Deep tissue massage
Favourite Destinations: The Caribbean, Spain and Cuba
Favourite Activity: Surfing

Top Travel Tip: Remember to take a jumper with you on the plane as the air con can make you cold.

Top Health Tip: It's easy to forget to stretch but it can lead to better posture and fewer aches and pains.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Staying with a hill tribe on the Burmese Border.

About: Having grown up on the Isle of Wight, Laura loves the sea and is at her happiest when surfing and windsurfing. She loves to be outdoors and also has massive passion for salsa dancing; we regularly have her showing off her moves in the office! She has been working in travel for over 10 years and loves exploring. She also has a passion for languages and is currently studying Spanish.


Rebecca Gould

Travel Specialist
Rebecca Gould

Favourite Healthy Holiday: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Favourite Spa: Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Italy
Favourite Treatment: Biodynamic body massage
Favourite Destinations: India, Morocco, Italy, Hong Kong
Favourite Activity: Iyengar yoga

Top Travel Tip: Look after your feet!

Top Health Tip: Drink warm water rather than cold as this helps cleanse the body by flushing out toxins and soothes the organs.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Visiting the Dali Lama temple in Dharamsala, North India

About: Rebecca grew up in South Dorset and started working in the travel industry in 2002. Her love for travel has taken her to some very special places, including China, India, North Africa and the USA. In 2016 she did a 1 month Panchakarma detox in Northern India, attended over 100 hours of lectures in Ayurvedic medicine and completed a 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training. Rebecca enjoys long distance walking and a good pub quiz where her specialist subject would have to be geography.


Denise Teh

PR & Marketing Executive
Denise Teh

Favourite Healthy Holiday: Zighy Bay, Oman
Favourite Spa: Marbella Club, Spain
Favourite Treatment: Traditional Balinese massage
Favourite Destinations: Bali, Mexico, New Zealand
Favourite Activity: Aerial Yoga

Top Travel Tip: Don’t overpack – you always need less than you think!

Top Health Tip: Eat more ‘good’ fats - they lower bad cholesterol, balance hormones, improve your mood and actually aid weight loss. My favourites are avocados, coconut oil and salmon.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Watching sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

About: Denise comes from a background in health and fitness, having worked for many years as a ballet, Barre and Pilates instructor both in the UK and Australia. A self-confessed travel-addict, she has ventured around much of South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and loves combining her passion for travel with her interest in all things wellness.


Fiona Sutherland

Travel Specialist & Product Executive
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Favourite Healthy Holiday: The Body Camp, Ibiza
Favourite Spa: Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda
Favourite Treatment: Head Massage
Favourite Destinations: Italy, Thailand & New Zealand
Favourite Activity: Hiking, Skiing & Ultimate Frisbee

Top Travel Tip: Talk with fellow travellers and locals, you never know who you might meet or what you could learn.

Top Health Tip: A good night’s sleep will leave you feeling renewed, allowing you to reap the heath rewards of a fresh body and mind.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Completing a five week, 9000-mile road trip across the USA. Highlights included camping beneath the towering branches of the largest trees in the world and swimming in the crystal blue waters of the deepest lake in the United States.

About: Since a young age Fiona has always searched for adventure, from sailing voyages in Scotland, to Via Ferrata and climbing in the Alps, she is happiest when in the outdoors exploring somewhere new. Upon leaving school, Fiona travelled to Spain to immerse herself in the culture and to learn the language. She is now just as comfortable ordering tapas in a café in Salamanca, as ordering a fresh smoothie at the office’s local health shop. She is now excited to be sharing her passion for wellness travel whilst working at Health and Fitness Travel.


Lucy Stickling

PR & Marketing Executive
Lucy Stickling

Favourite Healthy Holiday: The BodyHoliday, St Lucia
Favourite Spa: Ti Sana, Italy
Favourite Treatment: Full Body Massage
Favourite Destinations: Canada, Italy and Spain
Favourite Activity: Kayaking

Top Travel Tip: Beat jet lag before you travel by getting up and going to bed earlier (if travelling east) or later (if travelling west), according to your destination's local time.

Top Health Tip: After exercise, re-boost with a banana to replenish potassium and carbohydrate levels.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Swimming in glacial Garibaldi Lake before completing a 29km hike through meadows of alpine wildflowers, to reach the volcanic mountain peak of The Black Tusk, BC, Canada.

About: With nature providing one of her biggest inspirations when keeping active, Lucy was in her element during a year spent living and working abroad in Canada. Embracing the great outdoors lifestyle, snowboarding in winter and hiking in summer, Lucy is eager to keep fit whilst expanding her European and Canadian travelling experiences further afield. A keen photographer, she loves capturing her travels with her DSLR and keeping active with swimming and spin classes.


Samantha Lippiatt

Director of Health and Fitness Travel Australia
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Favourite Healthy Holiday: Aro Ha, New Zealand
Favourite Spa: Fusion Maia, Vietnam
Favourite Treatment: Neck and Shoulder massage (particularly after a long flight)
Favourite Destinations: Fiji, Mexico and Hawaii
Favourite Activity: Kiteboarding

Top Travel Tip: Pack a 'survival kit' for the plane; ear plugs, socks, toiletries, hydrating mist and moisturising cream and drink plenty of water.

Top Health Tip: Start small, make lasting changes and always exercise in the morning as it will set you up for a great day.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Swimming with a group of whale sharks in the open ocean off the coast of Mexico.

About: Samantha heads up the Australian division of Health and Fitness Travel and has an unbridled enthusiasm for all things travel, health and fitness. With her experience in both industries she extends the perfect combination of health and well-being experiences to the Southern Hemisphere, for our local clientele enabling them to embrace a healthy holiday in line with their personal health and fitness goals. When not in the office Samantha can usually be found at the beach or in the ocean taking part in her two favourite hobbies of kiteboarding and scuba diving.


Raymond

PR & Marketing Assistant
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Favourite Healthy Holiday: The Banjaran Fitness, Malaysia
Favourite Spa: Amatara Wellness Resort, Thailand
Favourite Treatment: Aromatherapy Massage
Favourite Destinations: Spain, Bali, and Philippines
Favourite Activity: Spin class

Top Travel Tip: Don't get burned, travel with sun protection. Always keep sunscreen handy.

Top Health Tip: Be good to your gut, heart and skin and incorporate more fibre to your diet.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Exploring the hidden beaches and lagoons of El Nido, Philippines.

About: Immersed in diverse fields of interests, Raymond keeps himself balanced by maintaining a consistent effort in his overall fitness. He switches it up by going from a routine weight training to different sorts of activities like spinning, swimming and muay thai. Raymond loves everything about visual arts, graphic novels and music and is still very enthusiastic to further his passion when not at work.


Julius Umali

Finance Executive
Julius Umali

Favourite Healthy Holiday: Fusion Maia, Vietnam
Favourite Spa: Maya Ubud, Bali
Favourite Treatment: Full Body Massage
Favourite Destinations: Bali, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines
Favourite Activity: Basketball

Top Travel Tip: Unless your travel is business related, do not bring your work with you. Focus on allowing your mind, body and spirit to thrive on the break it deserves; travelling with your loved ones means they share or support you on your health and fitness journey.

Top Health Tip: Nothing beats a balanced diet. Reward yourself from time-to-time but ensure a good level of discipline to eat healthily most of the time.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: My first flight; I never imagined it would be such an exhilarating experience.

About: Julius enjoys playing basketball on weekends, and on his longer holidays loves to travel and explore nature’s archipelagos. The outdoors has always been a source of inspiration; his favourite place in the world is South East Asia and is raring to go whenever the possibility presents itself.


Enah Laroza

Marketing & Admin Assistant
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Favourite Healthy Holiday: Ti Sana, Italy
Favourite Spa: Kamalaya, Thailand
Favourite Treatment: Full Body Massage
Favourite Destinations: Italy, Germany and Philippines
Favourite Activity: Freediving

Top Travel Tip: Reconnect yourself with nature by disconnecting from the world the of Internet. Allow yourself to breathe for a moment.

Top Health Tip: The simplest and fastest way to de-stress is to take 10 deep breaths.

Most Memorable Travel Experience: Exploring the cobbled streets of Rome, Italy while eating a pistachio flavored gelato.

About: Enah is a wilderness explorer, a travel blogger and a graphic artist. She’s a fan of European football and loves baking. Enah believes that people should live and thirst for adventure, especially while they're young. Enah sees travelling as an effective way to learn more about the world – its beauty, its people and the cultural differences.