Floating palace for super-rich

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Queenstown’s poshest hotel will soon offer guests a stay on its new super yacht – at an eye-watering starting cost of $12,500 per night.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel has bought the Pacific Jemm luxury super yacht, which is docked in Queenstown’s Steamer Wharf.

The guest experience on board the 24-metre Falcon 80S is expected to be similar to its $10,000-a-night Penthouse on Marine Parade.

The company describes the penthouse as the “country’s most exclusive accommodation”.

Group general manager James Cavanagh says “we have been eyeing up that product for quite some time”.

“The boat’s in fantastic condition but it is just about putting the Eichardt’s touch to it.

“For the peak season, when there is not enough accommodation at the luxury inn, it can be used and guests will have access to the hotel’s facilities.”

The starting price of $12,500 is for an overnight stay for a group of up to 10 guests.

That’s “designed for ultra-high net worth individuals”.

Eichardt’s is part of the Imperium Collection group, owned by Christchurch-born businessman Andrew Cox. Its portfolio of restaurants and accommodation also includes The Grille, No5 Church Lane and Eichardt’s Bar.

With four luxury suites on the yacht, a famous Eichardt’s chef will cook custom menus for guests.

The yacht will have two crew members, who can also stay on-board overnight.

Weighing a total of 60 tonnes, the impressive vessel is is 24m long, 6m wide and 5.5m high.

Packages on offer include tailored cruises on Lake Wakatipu, a helicopter trip to the nearby West Coast to collect crayfish, and custom firework displays.

A range of supercars are also on offer for jaunts to Glenorchy, before being taken on a helicopter trip over the Southern Alps.

Cox says: “We are thrilled to be able to extend our luxury experiences in Queenstown on to the water.

“The Pacific Jemm is currently undergoing a significant upgrade to bring it to the standard that our guests expect, and will offer signature experiences akin to the standard set by The Penthouse.”

Cox says the yacht will offer a “new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover what makes New Zealand truly world-class”.

Tailored day trips and private events can also be hosted on-board, with enough room for up to 45 people.

The vessel has three decks.

It is expected to be ready to use next month.

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joshua.walton@scene.co.nz