Fake Tahitian prince stole HK$129m from Australian health department

A man who led a playboy lifestyle while claiming to be a Tahitian prince pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling A$16 million (HK$129 million) from an Australian health department. New Zealand-born Hohepa Morehu-Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, admitted eight offences including aggravated fraud as an employee and forgery in the Brisbane District Court. He was jailed for 14 years.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 3:40am

Polynesian Spa Ritual

Chuan Spa is the city's go-to destination for luxury pampering based on traditional Chinese medicine, but this summer it has launched a treatment with a South Pacific islands theme.

The Polynesian Spa Ritual was developed by Thalgo, the French brand famed for its high-end line of products developed from marine plants and algae.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

It all started with one innovative idea

Club Med was pioneered by G?rard Blitz, a water polo champion and the son of a Belgian diamond merchant, and a French businessman Gilbert Trigano. In 1949, while staying in the Olympic Club's tented village in Corsica, Blitz came up with the idea of a new holiday concept dedicated to developing a taste for living outdoors and doing physical training and sport.

23 Apr 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

Tahitian pearls

Expert advice on watches and jewellery

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Like nowhere else

Nihiwatu, Indonesia (www.nihiwatu.com)

Location 400km east of Bali.

Getting there Direct flight from Bali to the island of Sumba followed by five-hour overland transfer.

Accommodation Villa Haweri is a luxury private villa dramatically positioned on a small headland.

5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Six of the best ... South Sea Islands

Awash with romantic appeal and beguilingly remote, the South Sea Islands are the stuff of dreams. To visit is to taste the grand days of travel in the company of Kipling and Conrad, Melville and Maugham. Sadly, the incursions of the modern world have transformed many South Pacific islands beyond all recognition, but in a fistful of places the magic and romance remain.

5 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Showcase tunnels make viewing easy

This year's show will be the biggest yet and feature several new attractions.

As buyers and exhibitors will be unable to visit all 1,500 booths, special showcase tunnels have been set up at the entrance to each of the three exhibition halls.

15 Mar 1999 - 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

Never 'hunted and killed'

I REFER to the letter headlined, 'Australia being hypocritical', published in the South China Morning Post, on September 20, which I feel displayed a fair amount of ignorance. I will not attempt to respond to the entire letter as that would take forever.

7 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Australia being hypocritical

I DO not think that Japan is in a position to condemn the French nuclear tests so strongly.

After all, the Japanese were allies with Germany in World War II, when the Nazis invaded France. It was this experience which made France decide after the war, that it wanted its own deterrent.

20 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Colonial power not welcome

THE peoples of the Southwest Pacific warmly support the demonstrations on the streets of Tahiti by the native peoples of Tahiti in support of the condemnation by the people of the Southwest Pacific, of the French Government, for its announced resumption of nuclear testing in the Pacific.

5 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Bali Hai hotel on market for US$20 million

A CHANCE to grab a piece of history, paradise and earn some dollars at the same time is on offer on the beautiful Pacific islands in Tahiti.

The famous Bali Hai hotels are on sale for US$20 million.

A trio of Americans who started the Bali Hai hotels 30 years ago are trying to offer the hotels to buyers throughout the world, including those in Hongkong.

23 Jun 1993 - 12:00am