French Polynesia

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort

What is it? Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa is the only five-star resort on the island of Moorea and one of only six hotels in French Polynesia recognised as five-star properties by the local Ministry of Tourism.

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

Hilton Bora Bora Nui

What is it? A luxurious resort on a private islet near Bora Bora's main island, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa is a quintessential island paradise. Set in a South Pacific haven of soaring green mountains, swaying coconut palms and a shimmering turquoise lagoon, the resort has 122 suite-sized bungalows and a hilltop spa with incredible views.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Tales of Tahiti from a femme fatale

Talking to Celestine Hitiura Vaite is like getting lost in one of her best-selling novels. Vibrant, spontaneous and frank in the extreme, Vaite cannot hold a conversation without anchoring it in a rich smattering of family stories, old Tahitian sayings, French phrases and womanly advice.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora

Where is it? This US$70 million resort, off the island of Bora Bora, a 30-minute flight from Papeete, Tahiti, opened last May. It is perched on a pristine beach on the island of Moto Piti Aau, which means 'two hearts' in Tahitian. Situated between the ocean and a lagoon, the property sits over a barrier reef facing Mount Otemanu and is accessible only by boat.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Tahiti elects first pro-independence leader

Voter backlash is blow to France's authority in South Pacific colony

16 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Paradise on earth for honeymooners

IMAGINE yourself on a tropical island sipping champagne with your loved one on the sundeck of a bungalow with crystal clear water lapping below.

The scene changes and now you are sailing on the blue water as the sun sets.

Such are the delights of the honeymoon package offered by Amanresorts at its Hotel Bora Bora.

22 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Britain denies link to blast

THE Foreign Office yesterday denied claims Britain collaborated with France over its controversial nuclear test programme in the South Pacific.

Labour shadow defence secretary Dr David Clark claimed France had agreed to pass on data drawn from tests at Mururoa Atoll. Britain may even have agreed to contribute to the cost of the programme, he said.

21 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

When love costs $185 a minute

SO you thought Hong Kong was expensive. A TV journalist on the trip to the so-clean-it-glows Moruroa Atoll in French Polynesia made the mistake of ringing his girlfriend in Japan for a 15-minute lovey-dovey chat from Tahiti.

The cost? A mere US$360 (HK$2780).

6 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Radiation deaths cover-up claimed

MANY Polynesians who cleaned up radioactive waste on the French nuclear test site at Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific died of radiation exposure, their colleagues claimed yesterday.

28 Jul 1995 - 12:00am