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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
THE OBEROI, AL ZORAH