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Take your pick in Courchevel, Chamonix, Sainte-Foy, Megève, and Val Thorens

Tokyo Story (U)

Yasujiro Ozu's portrait of familial relations, first seen in 1953, is marked by an indefinable melancholy that settles on the frame as softly as snow.

This week's tips & deals

Travel challenge: A wellness holiday for 2010

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a seven-night wellbeing holiday departing on 16 January 2010. Prices are for two people and include return flights from Heathrow and transfers.

Save 20 per cent at The Body Shop with The Independent

The Body Shop has got your Christmas gift dilemmas all wrapped up - so we've teamed up with them to offer our readers a special opportunity to get 20 per cent off all your purchases this weekend.

Hire your own Caribbean island - for £200,000

Travellers are being tempted with the ultimate get-away-from-it-all trip, but privacy will come at a price.

Make recharging your body a breeze in the Canary Islands

You'd think the year-round sunshine and the fresh sea breezes of the Canary Islands would be enough for anyone feeling the need of some holiday pampering. But then why leave anything to chance? For a full body recharge, you may well require the attentive services and luxurious surroundings of a spa resort – and here Gran Canaria is ideally placed.

Tips and deals: 01/11/2009

The website

Innovative new snowcarbon.co.uk helps save your pennies and the planet, giving the lowdown on travelling to ski resorts by train. Run by two ski journalists, this site has pratical info on train routes, bookings and how to get the best deals.

Slovakia: Wellness is the word in the alps of the east

Fresh air, pure water and invigorating exercise. Steve Connor takes a restorative break in Slovakia's High Tatras before the snow sets in.

Win a Champneys Spa day courtesy of Benenden Healthcare Society

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Stay the night: Six Senses Destination Spa, Thailand

A new spa resort on a private island near Phuket offers perfect peace ... and strict, stress-busting programmes

Thousands disappointed as record numbers join great clearing scramble

Huge demand for courses means many students are left with nowhere to go

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Court clears woman who stabbed senior Communist when he tried to rape her
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