Yourtime R eckon a ski holiday is way out of your league this year, thanks to a combination of the credit crunch and a soaring euro? Then turn your attention east. eastern europe is seeing a boom in popularity thanks to bargain skiing and accommodation and great aprs-ski. Families in particular tend to focus on eastern europe for the user-friendly ski schools and slopes, while younger skiers find the mix of cheaper lift passes and budget nightlife an inviting mix. Yes, the mountains tend to be a little lower and the slopes somewhat shorter, but, on the plus side, you get to experience a different ski culture and the snow condi- tions can be just as reliable as the Alps. So heres our pick of the best... BESTFORLUXURY Tatransk Lomnica, the High Tatras, Slovakia Where the jagged peaks of the high Tatras plunge south from the Polish bor- der into Slovakia youll find a string of unpronounceable resorts offering good beginner-intermediate skiing, hotels and restaurants. Less advanced skiers will find enough to keep them occupied for a week skiing between the resorts of Tatransk Lomnica, Stary Smokovec and Strbske Pleso. Make the trip into nearby Poprad to wander around the pretty city centre where there are some fine bars -- this region is the home of Pilsner lager, after all. THE DEAL: Mountain Paradise (mountainparadise.co.uk) offers seven nights hotel accommodation including flights, breakfast, ski pass and weekly train ticket for different ski resorts from 375 per person. BESTFORAPRS-SKI Poiana Brasov, Romania ThingS have moved on since post- revolutionary days when the ski lifts costed 7p a go and champagne less than PETiT ST VincEnT RESoRT, ST VincEnT AnD THE GREnADinES TechnoPhobeS wanting to get away from the world will find this island a godsend. none of the 22 cottages has a TV, telephone or internet access. Paradise doesnt come cheap though: a double room is 410 a night. travelandleisure.com FAnnARAkHyTTA, noRwAy ThiS former weather station on the edge of the Fannarak glacier in the Jotunheimen national Park will set you back a modest 15 a night. You will, however, have to earn your escape from civilisation with a gruelling four-hour hike. turistforeningen.no LonGiTuDE 131, AuSTRALiA LocATed at the gateway of the World heritage- listed Uluru-kata Tjuta national Park, this is no- expense-spared camping for nambies. Two-night (minimum) stay: 1,158. longitude131.com wASDALE HEAD inn, wASDALE, uk ThiS hamlet in the Lake district has for centuries been a meeting place for walkers and climbers. Stay from 59 a night, including full english breakfast. wasdaleheadinn.co.uk woLwEDAnS PRiVATE cAmP, nAmib nAukLuFT PARk, nAmibiA SiTUATed in a valley surrounded by sand dunes and mountains, the accommodation has been designed for those who enjoy utter silence. 221 a night, full board. wolwedans-namibia.com 12 Friday, 6 November 2009 London Lite PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY DRINKAWARE.CO.UK 2009 InBev UK Limited, all rights reserved WWW.BECKS.CO.UK GERMAN PRECISION AT 4% for an all-inclusive ski holiday Fun in the sun: Natalie Imbruglia Celebrity hotspot Agadir, Morocco wHo Natalie Imbruglia soaks up some rays on the beach. wHy Go To avoid the hustle and bustle of other Moroccan holiday destinations. THE VibE Relaxed, hassle-free. bEST FoR The beach. wHERE To STAy Stay in kasbah-style luxury at the Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort (sofitel. com), which boasts a private beach, pool and hammam. Rooms start at 147 a night. wHERE To EAT Le Nil Bleu (agadirnilbleu.com) is a casual spot that offers traditional Moroccan dishes, as well as pizza and pasta. Mains start at 3. wHAT To Do Agadir Bay is the citys main attraction. Relax on the beach, take a camel ride (from 13) or rent a jet ski (from 25). SomETHinG DiFFEREnT The Vale des Oiseaux is a good place for bird lovers, who will find a range of familiar and unusual species. Entry is free. ToP TiP Dont come here to shop -- most of the souvenirs on sale are imported from other parts of Morocco. How To GET THERE easyJet (easyjet.com) flies from Gatwick to Agadir for 183.48 return. FoR moRE DETAiLS world66. com/africa/morocco/agadir Jennifer BarTon Silence in paradise: the luxury Petit St Vincent Resort Lookeast forcheap thrillson thepisteby alf alderson 5 best... remote places to stay index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html