The Finer Things in Travel was invited to go for a cruise on Sydney Harbour on board the magnificent Infinity Pacific superyacht – and how could we say no? We boarded at Pyrmont, opposite The Star, and after shoes were taken off, and bags stowed, a glass of sparkling was in our hands – the kind of welcome we love.
We had a chat with Captain Matt Rose, who told us all about the vessel while skippering us expertly out of Pyrmont and towards the Harbour Bridge. The Italian-built vessel is 40 metres long and has three levels with the interiors designed by Fréderic Méchiche & Luca Dini – architects from Paris. I leave Matt to his helming duties and explore the vessel. One level down I find the master suite, which is very roomy and extremely elegant, and I love the generous portholes that give a view out to the shores of Sydney Harbour. As for the bathroom, it is beautiful, and can be accessed from both sides. It has a huge shower space with twin rainshowers and adjoining area with sink and toilet, plus bidet.
Down the hallway I come to the glamorous Panorama Sunroom, an airy lounge and dining area that is full of light. You can quite happily have 20 friends over for a sit-down dinner, or 50 for a cocktail party, or just sit in one of the very comfortable chairs and read a book. We are part of a group of travel media invited onboard for to hear about Peter Kuruvita’s new cookbook – Lands of the Curry Leaf, and the man himself cooked our lunch onboard. But don’t fret, it wasn’t just the lucky media on the day who enjoyed his cuisine, as Peter curates all the meals on board the vessel.
Down on the next level there are two VIP double cabins which are as wide as the boat, and two twin cabins. That means you can sleep 10 in absolute luxury and I for one would love to wake up in one the stunning cabins whether it be on Sydney Harbour or The Whitsundays or wherever else the vessel may go.
But back to lunch, as let’s face it, it is not everyday you have Peter Kuruvita cook for you. The menu was a selection of seven ‘Short Eats’, offered by the charming wait staff on shining platters. My favourite was the Kimish paneer on Turkish bread. After being shown to our seats at the tables, the main was Cheese Kottu Sri Lanka, Shahi Paneer India and Suz Kcichdi Afghanistan, all served on a plate together and as pretty as a picture.
Infinity Pacific will be available for charter on Sydney Harbour until the end of March 2019, from half day private or corporate events to full days or 24-hours. Or really treat yourself and charter it for a weekend, or to exotic locations further afield. The superyacht is part of the Pacific Hotel Group, owned and operated by the Karedis and Laundy families. The group owns a growing portfolio of beachside properties including Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific and Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific.
For information or to book: click here: infinitypacificcharters.com.au