How I travel: Maria Hatzistefanis shares all

WT Writer
Apr 19, 2020

Maria Hatzistefanis, Founder & CEO of beauty brands Rodial and Nip+Fab, shares the experiences that fuel her wanderlust.

Maria Hatzistefanis founded the ground-breaking skincare group Rodial in 1999 after identifying a niche for treatments that targeted specific skin concerns. The London-based beauty entrepreneur has since made waves across the the world of fashion, beauty and entrepreneurship. But what does Maria do when she’s not keeping up with her almost-a-million Instagram followers or sharing her best-selling secrets in her book, ‘How to become an overnight success’? Like many of us, she’s switching from boss-mode to bucket-list travel. Here’s a glimpse into Maria’s take on all-things travel…

The thing I love most about travelling is…

the quiet time on the flight when no-one can reach me.

I keep myself entertained while travelling by…

downloading my favourite shows on Netflix and binge-watching them.

The last book I read on holiday was…

The Secret by Rhona Byrne. I’ve read this self-help bestseller multiple times and I always find something new to relate to.

My favourite hotel for a weekend away is…

Santa Marina Mykonos for its glamorous blend of beach-chic interiors, views of the glistening Aegean Sea, and being able to unwind on the sand at Buddha-Bar Beach.

Infinity pool overlooking the azure ocean in Mykonos in Greece
Breezy infinity pool vibes at Santa Marina Mykonos | Via Instagram: @santamarinamykonos
If I had to choose between the city and the beach, I’d…

go to both at different times.

The best way to explore a new destination is…

to have no plans whatsoever and decide what you want to do once you’re settled.

The stamp in my passport I am most proud of is…

India. I loved the culture and the food.

The trip that changed my life was…

Cambodia. It was a very spiritual journey.

The items I always keep in my carry on are…

hand sanitizer, chewing gum and Rodial Pink Diamond Lip and Eye Filler.

The most unusual travel experience I’ve ever had was…

travelling to Búzios in Brazil from London with a newborn and a two-year old. It was a 30-hour journey door to door – challenging, but we made it.

The travel experience I wish I’d had when I was younger is…

backpacking, I always opted for comfort, which makes me wonder if I missed out on some fun along the way.

The destination on my bucket list is…

Laos. From hiking through the jungle to a cascading waterfall to shopping for handicrafts – I’ve heard the ceramics are particularly beautiful – its tropical allure calls me.

The turquoise waters of the Laos waterfalls set against the pink flowers

What destinations are you dreaming of right now? Keep that wanderlust alive with more travel tips and inspiration from World Traveller Middle East.