Travel London Lite Friday, 6 November 2009 13 TimeforThailand... For guaranteed winter sun, you should head to Thailand: 13 nights with Virgin Holidays now from 869, saving up to 410. The price includes scheduled flights with Thai Airways from Heathrow direct to Bangkok, three nights accommodation at the Century Park Hotel and 10 nights at the Centara Karon Beach resort in Phuket, based on two adults sharing a standard room. For departures from 1 Nov to 16 Dec. virginholidays.co.uk On a Moroccan roll Do your Christmas shopping in Marrakech, souks and the city- style. The Best of Morocco offers 30 per cent off at soon-to-open Club Hotel riu Tikida Palmeraie, a desert village experience with lush gardens and pools set in palm groves just outside the city. A four- night stay costs from 555pp including flights, transfers and accommodation, 21 Nov-18 Dec. For more info call 0845 026 4585 or go to realmorocco.com Net a skiing chalet STill set on having a ski holiday in France this year? Then check out this great deal from internet Cottages: seven nights at the beautifully refurbished and fully- catered Chalet Annabelle in Chamonix for just 401pp. The chalet sleeps 11, has a large open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area, all the toys -- flat screen TV, DVD, Wii, iPod dock -- plus a fantastic hot tub. Leave 12 Dec. Book at internet- cottages.com/offers/17706 Fly away for free! FANCy winning free flights? low-fares airline Monarch and PayPal have joined forces to help relieve the painful run-up to Christmas by enabling customers paying for their flights via PayPal to win back the value of their bookings. until 21 December, customers booking flights on monarch.co.uk and paying through the online payment company will be entered into a nationwide prize draw, with 500 winners each week. Takingoff... from as little as 375pp, YoU CaNt Beat easterN eUroPe edited BY olivia walmsleY a fiver a bottle, but prices are still cheap, especially if you book your lessons and ski hire at the resort. Aprs-ski is great fun thanks to cheap -- or even free -- booze and friendly locals, with everything from busy hotel bars and clubs to traditional barbecues in rustic local barns. The skiing, while limited (there are still only 14km of pistes) is sur- prisingly good, with an award- winning ski school which is highly recommended, especially for beginners. You can also visit nearby Brasov, take a day trip to the ski resort of Sinaia, where the Ceausescus skied from their opulent palace, and theres nearby Bran Castle where Count Dracula did his thing. THE DEAL: Neilson (neilson.co.uk) offers seven nights hotel accommoda- tion from 519pp, including flights, transfers, gear hire, lift pass, ski school -- and unlimited free booze in Hotel Bradul every night. BESTFOR BACKCOUNTRY Jasna, the Low Tatras, Slovakia For more experienced skiers and boarders looking to hit Slovakias slopes, the Low Tatras are worth considering -- and theyre an easy day trip south from the High Tatras. The resort here, Jasn, has 25 lifts and 33 marked trails on the north- and south- facing slopes of 2,024m Chopok Peak. Theres also ski-in ski-out accom- modation and a great lunch stop in the form of the unique Pizza Von roll restaurant, which is built around the top mechanism of the now defunct 50-year-old Von roll chair lift. THE DEAL: Mountain Paradise (mountainparadise.co.uk) offers seven nights full-board hotel accommodation including flights from Luton and one-week ski pass from 375pp. BESTFORVARIETY Kranjska Gora, Slovenia THiS is Slovenias best-known ski resort, with a modest 25km of slopes, one of which is a World Cup run. Theres also a snow park and night sledding on floodlit slopes -- both great for keeping children amused. There are more demanding slopes in nearby Krvavec and Kanin, both about an hour away. The ski area of Vogel is 40 minutes away and the small hill at Mojstrana is just a 15-minute drive. The Slovenian Alps are on the bor- ders of italy and Austria, which means you can also ski in these two countries. The mix of cultures means dining here is varied, with a hotch-potch of Slovenian, italian and Austrian cui- sine and the chance to visit various enotheque, which are specialist wine bars serving fine wines and tapas. THE DEAL: Pr Peku Apartments (mojstrana.co.uk) in Mojstrana are run by an expat Brit and cost from about 62 per night for four people self-catering, plus flights to Ljubljana with easyJet or Klagenfurt with ryanair. Ski passes are about 108 a week. BESTFOROLD-WORLDCHARM Bansko, Bulgaria BAnSKo offers an almost unique mix: a picturesque World Heritage Site town centre nestled beneath 65km of marked runs in the spectacular Pirin Mountains. recent investments have seen the installation of an effi- cient gondola lift, while the ski school is held in high regard. Theres a good selection of blue and red runs for beginners and intermediates. The great-value accommodation, much of it recently refurbished, and the ultra- friendly locals make this one of the best eastern European options, especially if youre in a group of mixed skiing or boarding skills. THE DEAL: Balkan Holidays (balkanholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights self-catering for four adults from 526, including flights. A six-day lift pass is 94. 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