Words by Margo Berryman
The Imperium Luxury Collection has created an unapparelled experience on Lake Whakatipu on board the private yacht Pacific Jemm, designed for luxury sailing combined with five-star hospitality.
“With the purchase of a new tender boat guests can now enjoy the best of Lake Whakatipu this summer exploring remote areas such as Bob’s Cove, Walter Peak and Pig & Pigeon Islands,” says Eichardt’s general manager Kylie Hogan. “We take excursions to the head of the lake to Glenorchy including visits to Greenstone and Halfway Bay stations.”
The sleek 80-foot Falcon-S vessel has five-star accommodation for luxury overnight stays available either wharf side in Queenstown or on overnight cruises docked at Pig or Pigeon Island. The yacht has a highly skilled crew, many who have worked on the international upper yacht circuit, and amenities include four upmarket suites, chef’s kitchen, luxury dining area and lounge.
“We constantly get feedback on how ‘wowed’ our guests are to visit areas not commonly ventured into — it is a world-class New Zealand experience,” says Kylie.
“As the region’s first premium nautical offering, it enables us to offer cruising opportunities never before seen in Queenstown. The boat was previously owned by Louis Vuitton with interiors designed by Ralph Lauren and mirrors the elegance and sophistication that is associated with the Imperium Luxury Collection. This allows us to offer our guests an elevated experience.”
Daytime sailing options include a Gourmet BBQ Cruise and a half or full-day Activities Cruise. Alternately the Pacific Jemm can be chartered for special occasions such as wedding celebrations, anniversaries and birthday events.
The gourmet barbecue cruise offers a Trust the Chef style menu prepared by a private chef on board highlighting regional flavours, local wines, craft beers and premium champagne.
“The activities cruise option explores the lake’s far reaches before mooring up and our crew set up a range of activities from paddle boards and aqua pads to fishing for a day of exploration and adventure,” says Kylie. “The exclusive cruises are popular with friends, families and corporate groups keen to take part in a luxury day on the water.”