‘Study Break’ in Edinburgh‘Study Break’ in Edinburgh


With exams quickly approaching and deadlines looming I decided to quickly and effectively solve all my problems by doing the responsible thing: going on a study break. Why Scotland? It is a well known fact that Scottish weather is ‘freezing’ at best, and it does take a few hours to get on the train. But, I can wholeheartedly say that a trip to the Scottish capital is worth taking a couple of extra layers.

We began the trip by taking a short stroll down Prince’s Street to The Principal Hotel, where we decided to stay. In short the Principal is a beautiful, comfortable place to stay with attentive staff and a complimentary treat box- just in case you need a bit of energy before you explore what Scotland has to offer.

In my case- being a self-confessed foodie- I was interested in trying out the ‘local cuisine’. So I visited The Rose Brewery, and sampled the Haggis, Neeps and Tatties along with a couple of the ‘authentic’ gins to get the full experience. Even though Haggis is, unsurprisingly, available throughout Scotland, I wanted to try a pub Haggis to see if you could get good quality Haggis on a budget. And, if a country’s cuisine is only as good as its pub grub, then Scotland started strong.

If you’re inclined to do some sight-seeing in Edinburgh, a trip to Edinburgh Castle is a staple of any trip to the north, as it boasts incredible views of the Old and New Town. Alternatively pop to the RSA for an afternoon of culture, as the gallery holds an impressive collection including examples from Botticelli and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Or, if you would rather appreciate Scotland from the comfort of a department store I wouldn’t blame you- but I would recommend Jenner’s on Prince’s Street if you wanted to stock up on shortbread, and tartan.

Whilst I managed to experience a lot of Edinburgh’s attractions over the course of a couple of days, I would wholeheartedly say that no trip is complete without a visit to the Witchery.

No, I’m not endorsing witch-craft.

The Witchery Restaurant by the Castle is a fantastic gothic restaurant that makes you feel a little bit superstitious as soon as you walk through the door. The entire place glows with candlelight, and creates a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy good quality food. Even though it is rather pricey you would have to use black magic to keep me from visiting again.

Whilst it may not seem like the easiest way of tackling exam stress, a Scottish weekend break leaves you feeling refreshed, with a new outlook and a stomach full of shortbread.

Feature written by Isabelle Jones 22/04/17

Backpacking for a week in Italy on a very tight budget

Have you always wanted to visit sunny Italy but you have sadly being put off by the staggering prices that characterise the Italian main cities during most of the year? Say no more, because below you will find how to travel to the country with the most charming accent in the world for around £350 (thanks to careful planning, favourable exchange rates and lower living costs).

Italy on a budget

Italy on a budget

The route is as follows:

Day 1: London-Milan and visit Milan
Day 2: Verona
Day 3: Venice
Day 4: Florence
Day 5: Rome
Day 6: Rome
Day 7: Rome to Milan, to fly back to London

When do I travel?

Alongside organisation, the timing of your travels is of paramount importance if you want to get some jaw-dropping deals. The cities I suggest dropping by are not near the coast (except for Venice, but I bet you do not want to swim in there), so travelling during the summer is not a must.

Not only by going during the low season you save up a great amount of money on flights –for example, I booked three months in advance a return flight from London to Milan for 25 pounds– and accommodation, but you will also save yourself from the eternal queues to visit the Vatican or being packed like sardines in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. I would recommend travelling in October, first weeks of November or April, when the weather is warm and sunny, and you will avoid all of the aforementioned.

Where do I stay?

Undoubtedly, hostels are your best option. To save up some money, you can also book in advance, and you will only have to pay a tiny percentage beforehand, around the 5-10%, and then the remaining when you get there.

You can even cancel your booking and avoid any fees up to 2 days before your adventures. Prices vary from place to place, but you can expect to spend, on decent accommodation, around 10-15 pounds per night.

Because hostels in Verona are quite expensive, there is not much offer and the city is not that big, I would recommend taking an early train, enjoying Venice at night during the second day of your trip and sleeping there for two nights.

How do I move from one city to another?

The cheapest, easiest and fastest way is by train, using Tren Italia. You can get your tickets here (http://www.trenitalia.com/), and the priciest can be up to 15 euros. Two things should be taken into account. The first one is that even if you make a reservation for a particular date and time, you do not need to use your ticket then, but you can do it within the 30 days after the date you purchase it for (ex. If you get a ticket to travel on the 1st of May, you can travel with that ticket until the 31st, but only once). The second one is that, because of this, you need to “validate” your ticket before getting on the train. If the ticket inspector comes and you have not validated it, you will be in trouble. In addition, trains tend to be packed so get to the train station in time just in case you cannot find an available seat!

Moreover, I would recommend travelling at dusk when most of the attractions are already closed –they close around 7pm– and it does not suppose a huge waste of your reduced time. And if you travel in the morning, many hostels will not let you check in until 2pm, so you will have to carry your bag with you. The distances between each city do not exceed the 3 hours, except from Florence to Rome and from Rome to Milan. In the latter, my advice is to take the last train available on the 6th day. It takes around seven hours to get to Milan, so this way you save a night at the hostel and have more time to spend in Rome during the day.

What do I do in each city?

I do think that in less than 24 hours there is time to visit the “must-sees” and a little bit more in each city, if your health allows you to walk fast. To see the main attractions that you will find in every guide about Italy, my suggestion is to join one of the free walking tours that are so popular nowadays. A local will walk you around, give you a short history lesson, share with you some fun facts and you will pay as much as you want to, because they only accept tips! You will find these tours in Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome; and these ones are pretty good (https://www.freetour.com/destination/italy).

In my opinion, the best thing about Italy, apart from the food and the weather, is the architecture. In Milan, you should spend some time checking the masterpiece that the Galleria Victor Manuele building is and enjoy some breath-taking views from the Duomo roof. In Verona, go to Castel de San Pietro to get the best panoramic of the city –the Aige river and its multiple bridges, such as the Castelvieggio one, which is the main access to the city centre. In Venice, by taking the vaporetto and line 1, which starts at Piazzale di Roma and costs 7 euros for an hour (29 euros if you get a day pass), you get to see the Grand Canale. During this 35-minute journey, you can see the well-known Pointe di Rialto, Ponte di Scalzi, Ponte dell’Accademia and the Academy of Fine Arts, Santa Maria de Salute, a huge Baroque church which dates back to the 17th century as well as many palaces, such as the Palazzo Corner della Ca’ Grande, a good example of High Renaissance architecture in the city.

In Florence, even if you are not a massive art fan, do not leave without spending at least three hours at Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the largest and best known art galleries in the world. Not only it is an incredibly beautiful palace, but it also holds impressive collections, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. Among other artwork, you will be able to admire “The birth of Venus” by Botticelli. And finally, in Rome, definitely visit the Vatican. Enjoy a good panoramic view from St Peter’s square and visit the breath-taking and unforgettable St. Peter’s Basilica and the amazing museums, such as the Michelangeo-decorated Sistine Chapel. You should also visit Pigneto, Rome’s best alternative neighbourhood where you will find loads of chic restaurants, cafés and shops or walk to the Giardino degli Aranci to get some nice views of the city.

Hope you have found this article useful and…divertiti in Italia!

Article by Angela Martin Cascon for Blog About Holidays

Czech Republic: Prague visitor review by Isabelle Jones

Czech Beer

Czech Beer

One of the first things that I was told as I stepped on to the bus after a short plane ride to Prague was that ‘the beer is cheaper than water over here. It’s a student paradise.’

Whilst they were not wrong- a bottle of water costs roughly £1, whereas the cheapest brand of beer is 80p per pint- it is almost wrong to just see Prague as a cheap getaway location for a quick break.

I was lucky enough to experience the sights and culture in Prague recently, and even though the trip was incredibly kind on my wallet, I can confidently say that the city is priceless.

We stayed in a small hotel called Oslanka, which was surrounded by small pubs and restaurants that serve cheap beer and traditional Czech dishes (Goulash, dumplings, and steak) and a tram stop.

One of the great things about Prague is the cheap and convenient trams, which run to all corners of the city, and make you feel like a local because, unlike the British public, they don’t really care for personal space!

Czech Republic Prague

Czech Republic Prague

Over the course of my trip I paced through the streets of Prague frantically checking my map and trying to make sure that I found my route, but I quickly learned that this isn’t the way that you want to experience the city.

In France they have a lovely word, ‘flaneur’, that translates roughly to ‘wanderer’, or someone who can just wander aimlessly throughout a city without a purpose; and, if you’re not trying to stick to a schedule, I’d seriously recommend trying this.

The streets are lined with colourful ornate buildings that make you feel as if you just stumbled upon a film set- which you can easily miss if you don’t take the time to look up!

Czech Republic Prague

Czech Republic Prague

But if you’re the kind of visitor who loves to be busy/ doesn’t have a lot of time in the city there are plenty of stops to tick off. Personally, I’d grab a Trdelnik, a small sweet tunnel shaped pastry often filled with cream and strawberries, and take a walk up to Prague Castle.*

The building is the largest ancient castle in the world currently, and if that doesn’t convince you the views will. Then take the time to find the famed ‘John Lennon’ wall- a symbol of rebellion and a passion for peace (as well as an excellent photo spot).

Or if you want to sample some of Prague’s nightlife head to one of the small cave bars, like Popo Café Petl, which offers you a cosy atmosphere while you sip on some of the strongest spirits in Europe.

Prague drew me in and gave me a taste of why it is such a popular destination- but left me wanting more. If you are looking for a beautiful city with a rich history and stunning (but chilly) sunshine book your trip as soon as possible.

*Even though the Trdelnik isn’t a necessary part of this step it definitely makes the walk easier.

Feature written by Isabelle Jones 23/02/17

A Weekend in Copenhagen

frozen canals

frozen canals

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and sits very close to the Swedish border, which is accessible by road and rail via the Øresund Bridge.

Most people from the UK will fly direct to Copenhagen. From Birmingham the flight is around 1 hour 45 minutes, and then a train to the city centre is around 20 minutes.

The temperature can be exceptionally cold and snowy during winter and even spring, however Summer offers a completely different ambience with similar temperatures to the UK.

There is a great tourist trail in Copenhagen which includes sights such as the wide expanses of shipping canals and the smaller canals which are reminiscent of Amsterdam. Tivoli Gardens are beautiful and worth checking out for the theme park and old fashioned touristic stalls.

Christiana is a great place to explore. It survives as a hippy style traveler camp in the heart of a city suburb, with its own rules and laws with a liberal outlook on cannabis and arts/crafts. It can be slightly intimidating with drug sellers wearing masks but these people are actually very friendly, they just do not want to be photographed, it is frowned upon to take photos within Christiana. A unique and fascinating place which may not be there forever as the authorities are keen to limit its existence.

snowy Copenhagen

snowy Copenhagen

Also worth noting is Church of our Savior which is near Christiana. Visitors can climb right to the top, and then climb outside the steeple with breathtaking views of the city and beyond – not for the faint hearted.

Many people will walk or cycle to see the Little Mermaid statue, this is a great route with Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, Kastellet military fortress and many interesting side streets with Danish architecture en route. The Carlsberg Museum is also a great attraction with two huge stone elephants and a guided tour of the brewery.

There are many bars and restaurants too in Copenhagen, the main touristic route exists as the many side streets off the city centre, however is is also worth visiting areas like Vesterbro (check out Meat Packing District and Bang & Jensen bar) and north of the city centre is Norrebro.

Whether you visit Copenhagen in winter or summer, you will find a bicycle friendly city with friendly happy inhabitants and a very laid back attitude with little crime or anti social behavior.

Article by Nick Byng for Blog About Holidays

Chalet of the Month – Chalet Dolomites

Dolomites

Dolomites

Located in La Plagne Montchavin Chalet Dolomites is a traditional Alpine chalet. The chalet sleeps 8 -11 people in 4 bedrooms and has its own hot-tub with a great view of the piste – great after a full day on the slopes.

Dolomites could not have a better location, it is perfectly located at the foot of the piste in the village centre, with easy access to the Vanoise Express link between La Plagne and Les Arcs.

This chalet is full of character and perfectly designed for families.

Book this chalet during October and benefit from 15% off your holiday price. To take advantage of this exclusive offer call the team today on 0203 411 5439.

Ski Amis Ltd
1st Floor Cooks Barn
Turkey Mill Business Park
MAIDSTONE, Kent ME14 5PP
Tel: 020 3411 5439 – extension 260

Lowcost Holidays demise blamed on Brexit vote

Holiday booking company Lowcost Travelgroup has gone into administration, as uncertainty ahead of the EU referendum and the fall in the pound were blamed for its demise.

The group has 27,000 holiday makers in resorts and 110,000 more with bookings.

Administrators said Lowcost Travelgroup ceased trading on 15 July, with the loss of 120 jobs in the UK.

Smith & Williamson and CMB Partners were appointed administrators after the firm’s own rescue attempts failed.

Those “exhaustive” attempts had been “hampered by the recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment”.

Customers’ flight bookings will be valid in almost all cases, but hotels will need to be paid for, a company spokesperson said.
‘Delayed decisions’

Smith & Williamson said intense competition had caused the collapse but also the increased terror threat and the uncertainty before and after the recent referendum.

“The group experienced significant market headwinds in the run up to the EU referendum as holidaymakers delayed decisions. This was compounded by the Leave vote itself and the subsequent fall in value of the pound,” said Finbarr O’Connell of Smith & Williamson.

“Regrettably, in these extraordinary conditions, the directors had no option but to place Lowcost Travelgroup Limited into administration. ”

The group operated a travel agency business from headquarters in the UK and offices in Spain, Switzerland and Poland.

The administrators said 60% of customers were British.

Full article on BBC here.

Term-time holidays victory claimed by campaigners in Wales

The BBC recently reported that Campaigners who petitioned against parents being fined for taking term-time holidays are claiming a victory after it was agreed a blanket ban breached regulations.

The education minister has written to councils advising them head teachers should instead exercise discretion.

Pupils are allowed to have up to 10 days away, but schools are judged on absenteeism rates.

Campaign group Parents Want a Say said the advice was a “terrific result”.

‘Margin of discretion’

Nearly 2,000 people signed a petition after hundreds of parents were fined over term-time holidays.

In his letter to councils on Wednesday, Huw Lewis said he was concerned some councils were advising “head teachers should not exercise their discretion and should instead refuse all requests for term-time absence as a matter of course”, regardless of the circumstances.

“This is contrary to the regulations which allow a margin of discretion for the school in such matters so that each request can be considered fairly and on its merits,” the minister wrote.

A BBC Wales Freedom of Information request in 2015 found wide variations in policy of imposing fines.

While Cardiff council issued 370 penalty notices between January and May, 10 other councils did not issue any.

After receiving the petition in December, petitions committee chairman, William Powell AM, wrote to Mr Lewis saying some parents may have been dealt with unfairly and unlawfully.

‘Compelling evidence’

He welcomed the minister’s response, saying some councils had been “engaging in a cynical game of ‘pass the parcel’ on this issue”.

“It is clear that the minister’s intention, contrary to what applies in England, is for the discretion of individual head teachers to be respected,” Mr Powell said.

“The Minister’s response to the petitioners, in the light of compelling evidence received, is, in my view, a victory for common sense.”

Craig Langman, chairman of campaign group Parents Want a Say, said it was a “terrific result” for parents in Wales.

“We hope this will encourage Westminster to reconsider its position on the policy in England,” he added.

Online Camping Reservation Specialist Camping-and-co Expands in Europe

Guillaume Patrizi, President and Founder, Camping-and-co

Guillaume Patrizi, President and Founder, Camping-and-co

With 109,743 million nights booked on Camping-and-co.com, the online camping reservation specialist confirms its status as the preferred website for outdoor accommodation among French and European holidaymakers. The outdoor accommodation industry has generated more than 2 billion euros in France alone in 2014, and 6 billion euros in Europe in 2015. With a turnover of 8 million euros ​​in France last year, leading French campsite reservation expert, Camping-and-co, has performed strongly and is now the local market reference.

5 new European markets in 2016

Building on its success in France since 2012, Camping-and-co sets out to expand in Europe, starting with the following five markets: the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy. The company aims to achieve a 95% market share of camping customers in these regions and become the European leader in online camping reservation.

According to a 2014 report on tourist accommodation in France published by INSEE[1] (the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies), the Dutch represent the largest portion of tourists in the market (thirteen million overnight stays), followed by the Germans (seven million overnight stays) and then the British (six million overnight stays) – affirming the burgeoning potential of these new target markets for Camping-and-co. With upcoming iconic events in France such as the Tour de France, UEFA EURO 2016, Bastille Day and so on, the company plans to target this group of European travellers through unforgettable outdoor vacation experiences. It has also developed one website per country and a 7-day call center operated by native speakers of each nationality to ensure quality service and attention.

“We are rapidly cementing a solid presence in Europe, where we have identified unique opportunities in the outdoor accommodation market for British, Dutch and German travellers. With the new partnerships signed in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, we see Camping-and-co’s vision slowly being realised. Moreover, our foray into these countries marks another milestone in our strategy to be a major player in Europe,” said Guillaume Patrizi, President and Founder, Camping-and-co.

Camping-and-co, a ‘made-in-France’ success story

Camping-and-co is, at its heart, a family business with a long heritage. Both son and grandson to camping property owners, Patrizi grew up in the world of outdoor accommodation while mastering the industry’s know-how. He noticed the changing aspirations of tourists where there is an increasing demand for outdoor accommodation, as it is perceived to be closer to nature and more affordable than hotel rooms. This is in stark contrast to the negative publicity received by campsites ten years ago, according to Patrizi. In the UK alone, camping and caravanning trips by British residents went up by 7% between January and August 2015, a reported increase from previous years, according to the Great Britain Tourism Survey.

Following these observations along with the modernisation of the outdoor accommodation industry, Camping-and-co was conceived as an idea to partake in the development of this sector while meeting the needs of both campsite owners and holidaymakers.

Camping-and-co, poised for continued growth

After over 18 months of development, Camping-and-co.com was founded in 2012. Today, it has six websites in different languages where users have a selection of over 1000 campsites located in France and Southern Europe (Italy, Spain and Portugal). From mobile homes and pitches to wooden cabins and teepees, Camping-and-co.com has a wide range of accommodation which will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts with different tastes and budgets.With an average annual growth rate of 100% between 2012 and 2015, and a turnover of 8M€ in France last year, Camping-and-co affirms its position as an expert in the online camping reservation industry.

Since its inception, Camping-and-co has facilitated over 80,000 online reservations in total: 40,000 reservations in 2015, 21,000 in 2014 and 13,000 in 2013 – a clear indication of its continued growth. In addition, the company increased its number of partners by 30% each year, with a contract renewal of 98% (on average) of its existing partners.

The company in figures

  • – 8M€ turnover in 2015
  • – 100% year-on-year growth (2012-2015)
  • – 80,000 customers since 2012
  • – 1,000 referenced campsites in France and Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal)
  • – 18 tour operators
  • – 4 years of experience
  • – 6 language-versions of the website

About Camping-and-co.com

Launched in 2012, Camping-and-Co.com is an online booking specialist of outdoor accommodation sites which combines quality and comfort for all holiday budgets. The portal offers over 1000 holiday accommodation options with categories ranging from 3 to 5 star establishments in France and Europe. Camping-and-Co.com is a brand of Holidays-and-Co established in 2012 by founder, Guillaume Patrizi, who is based near Saint-Malo, France. Camping-and-Co.com facilitates thousands of online visits for holiday bookings in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Camping-and-Co.com has 18 tour operators who are experts in selecting the best in accommodation based on quality, rating and style: Mobile homes, cottages, camping sites, tree houses, yurts and trailers. For more information, visit http://uk.camping-and-co.com/

SUN, SKI & SKIN A must-read for those taking a skiing holiday this winter

Staying healthy on the slopes

Staying healthy on the slopes

If you’re going on a winter skiing holiday this year don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Although it might sound strange, your skin can burn in the snowy ski slopes, leaving you with embarrassing ‘panda eyes’ and a sore red face.

The amount of UV rays that reach the earth’s surface increases by up to 5% for every 1,000 feet above sea level you are, plus both ice and water are very good reflectors of UV radiation.

This means that areas that are typically exposed to the elements such as the hands, face and head are the key areas to apply sunscreen to. Liberally apply sunscreen, which is at least SPF30 or higher – don’t forget to look for a one with a high level of UVA protection.

Top tips

  • Re-apply sunscreen as frequently as you would in the summer time to all exposed areas of the skin.
  • Don’t forget any exposed areas that we often miss when applying sunscreen such as the ears, lips and back of the neck.
  • Stay moisturised. This won’t protect you from the sun, but winds and colder temperatures will strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving it drier and more susceptible to cracking.

Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist & British Skin Foundation spokesperson agrees. “It’s all too easy to forget about skincare when you’re covered from head to toe, but at altitude, the risk of sunburn remains high. It’s vital to adequately protect exposed sites with high factor broad spectrum SPF and remember to reapply frequently.”

The British Skin Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated to raising funds for skin disease and skin cancer research. There are eight million people living with a skin disease in the UK, some are manageable and others are severe enough to kill. Seven people die every day in the UK from skin cancer. It Takes 7 is a fundraising campaign set up to raise as much money as possible to fund research into skin cancer.

Skin disease doesn’t just affect the skin. It can have a huge impact on a person’s day-to-day life, crush self-confidence, restrict movement, lead to depression and put a huge strain on families as well as personal relationships. Our unwavering commitment to funding quality research means we won’t stop until we’ve found cures for common skin problems like eczema and acne through to potential killers like malignant melanoma.

Photo: Pawel Kadysz (Stocksnap)

For further information please contact:

lisa@britishskinfoundation.org.uk or call 020 7391 6347

SKI BEAT catered chalets, saving up to £319pp

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16th January : Save 45% (£319pp) off a week’s skiing in La Rosiere, now £390pp

Exceptional value skiing, excellent snow conditions and uncrowded pistes are offered by Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100) at the Chalet Papillon in La Rosiere, where the price of a week’s ski holiday on 16th January has been cut by £319pp to £390pp, saving 45% (was £709pp). The price includes return Gatwick flights, transfers, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with wine.

16th January : La Plagne, 7 nights skiing for £539pp, saving 35% (£290pp)

Pack and go and save £290pp off a week’s ski holiday with fully catered accommodation at the Chalet Sorbier in La Plagne, including return Gatwick flights, transfers, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with wine. Top UK chalet operator Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100) have trimmed the price by 35% to just £539pp, was £829pp.

16 Jan – Save 34% (£260pp) off a week’s skiing in La Tania now £499, was £759

Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100) chalets are among the best located, staffed and catered across the Alps, with cooked breakfasts, quality toiletries, traditionally styled and many with log-burners or cosy fires. Chalet Beriozka is a charming stone and wood-finished chalet nestling amongst the trees at the top of La Tania with a homely feel, and for arrival on 16thJanuary can be booked with a saving of £260pp, 34%). The price of £499pp includes return Gatwick flights, transfers, cooked breakfast, home-cooked afternoon tea and three course evening meals with wine. Book with Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100)

20th February : A week’s ski holiday, saving £392pp, (40% discount)

Views of Val d’Isere, Les Arcs, La Plagne and the magnificent Mont Blanc, are not the only attractive feature of a week’s stay in the ski resort of La Rosiere, on a southern terrace high above the Tarentaise valley. For arrival on 20th February a week’s ski holiday, with accommodation in the Chalet Perdrix, has been reduced to an attractive £587pp, was £987pp, including return Gatwick flights, transfers, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with wine. Book with Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100)

20th February : Eco-skiing in La Plagne, saving £271pp

Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100) have reduced the price of a week’s ski holiday at the beautiful, traditionally built Chalet Mont Blanc in La Plagne to £748pp, was £1019pp, saving £271pp, for arrival on 20th February. Eco-warriors will appreciate the chalet’s emission free status, as it was purpose built to high ecological standards with a bio-mass heating system to keep skiers cosy and warm. The price includes return Gatwick flights, transfers, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with wine. Book with Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk, 01273 855100)