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TRAVEL

PRIVATE PARADISE

Grow a beard and practice your spear-fishing skills: 2016 is the year to play at being

Robinson Crusoe, with a number of spectacular new private island resorts opening

over the coming months for those with cash to splash.

MADAGASCAR 14 villas open this December at Miavana on the marvellously named

island of Nosy Ankao off Madagascar - guests can idle away their days snorkelling in the

surrounding seas, or nosing around (sorry) for lemurs on the mainland (from £1,330pp

per night, helicopter transfers £244pp each way; aardvarksafaris.co.uk).

SEYCHELLES Six Senses Zil Pasyon

opens this summer on Félicité - one

of the smallest (and loveliest) chunks

of land in the Seychelles, all forested

hilltops and white-sand beaches strewn

with granite boulders. �irty pool villas

have timber terraces and four-poster

beds (from £950; sixsenses.com).

TANZANIA Castaways deep of pocket

can fork out for stunning �anda Island

off the Tanzanian coast, frequented only

by sea turtles and those with $10,000

a night to stay in the island's only

villa. �e reward is everything from

a personal chef to your own boatman

(from £7,000; thandaisland.com).

DEVELOPMENTS IN DUBAI

Dubai's mission to build things taller, faster and with more bling

than the rest of the world shows no signs of slowing. Cases

in point are the Dubai Eye - the ferris wheel to end all ferris

wheels - and Dubai Frame, a skyscraper with a giant hole in it.

Both arrive this year (visitdubai.com), but arguably best of all is

the new Dubai Parks - Alton Towers on steroids for the Middle

East. Three theme parks, a water park and a hotel, connected

by a shopping and dining district, are opening simultaneously

(dubaiparksandresorts.com). If you need somewhere to lie down

after all that, try The Oberoi, Al Zorah - a new high-design

eco-hotel east of town (rates TBC; oberoihotels.com).

The shipping forecast

Named to honour new Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander, Holland

America's ship Koningsdam launched this spring, boasting a cooking school

and wine-blending workshop (7-night Viking Saga cruise from £749pp;

hollandamerica.com). Speaking of auspiciously named liners, delays mean

Titanic II now won't sail until 2018, and don't worry, it's not too faithful a

replica: this Titanic will have plenty of lifeboats (bluestarline.com.au). KONINGSDAM

THANDA ISLAND

MIAVANA

THE OBEROI, AL ZORAH

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