It’s not all skiing in Italy

THE totally Irish-owned travel company Topflight are ! ski specialists but they have moved carefully into the summer overseas holiday market during the last 20 years as well.

Italy is their thing — MD Tony Collins was recently honoured with an Italian form of a knighthood for the company’s contribution to Italian tourism. The 2009 brochure has been released, with favourites such as Lake Garda, Sorrento and Lido di Jesolo featuring strongly yet again.

The company offers a choice of flights from Dublin, Belfast and Cork and those booking before February 28 will benefit from at least a €100 discount (per couple). Phone them on 01 240 1782 or get details at any travel agent or at

SKIING can be a family affair, at least according to Highlife, who offer free babysitting for those travelling to the slopes from Ireland on St Patrick’s week.

Sporting hubbies traditionally take off to either rugby or racing events around that time, but the WAGS are increasingly reeling them in for a more family-orientated break.

Highlife, a high-octane, high-performance company that specialises in the luxury end of the market, is helping.

Families taking advantage of extra school holidays during Paddy’s Week will enjoy six hours of free babysitting over two evenings.

The offer is open to any families travelling to Morzine between March 15 and 22, with prices starting from €1,117 for adults, €938 for children under 12 and €300 for infants under the age of two.

Full details of Highlife’s range of ski chalet holidays in France can be found on

Contact them on 01-677 1100 or by email at

TO sunnier climes — escape2 offer special deals to Thailand’s Koh Samui and Phuket, with options for a few days in Bangkok.

Ten nights (paying for five according to the blurb) in Koh Samui will cost a total of €1,323 per person sharing between April 1 and June 30 next, staying at the Grand Centara beach Resort.

Alternatively, you could spend three nights in the city and eight nights in Phuket for €1,595.

Flight supplement of €75 applies for departures between June 27 and August 17.

Check out or call 01 895 8000 for other quotes.

Sticky Fingers Travel offers some advice on travelling in the company of children — in other words, how to make it a relatively pain-free hour or two rather than an endurance test.

See or call them on 01-6401804.

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