A former power station transformed into a trendy boutique hotel right on the popular Knysna lagoon.

This boutique hotel oozes contemporary chic while retaining the old power station’s original industrial features. Stop here to explore Knysna while travelling the Garden Route, South Africa’s famous route for sweeping coastal roads, tranquil national parks, sand beaches and world-class golf courses.

The Turbine Hotel and Spa’s location is excellent for kayaking or cruising on the lagoon, or if you want a closer look at the local fauna, hire a mountain bike and explore the mountains and the glorious coastline. At the Knysna Heads – two cliffs on either side that lead the lagoon into the Indian Ocean – you can go whale watching between July and November and get as close as just 50 metres from the magnificent creatures. Venture into town to discover an array of restaurants, art studios and South Africa’s oldest microbrewery. The annual Oyster Festival in July fills the town with not just the delicacy food but a variety of sports and child-friendly activities such as competitive lagoon swimming and obstacle courses.

24 bespoke rooms are charmingly decorated with light and bright colours, with different sizes and shapes due to the quirky layout of the building. For more space to play with, upgrade to a luxury room or for even more extravagance, the Honeymoon Suite includes a luxurious double shower and a standalone bath. Select a pamper package at the Amani Spa for ultimate relaxation, then make a quick stop at the Tapas Bar for a light bite. In the hotel’s main restaurant, The Island Café, there is a wine cellar stocking local wines, from smaller, family-owned wineries for an authentic taste of the Garden Route’s offerings.

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Key information

On Thesen Islands in the centre of the Knysna lagoon

Airport transfer time: An hour’s drive from George airport
Rooms: 24

Accommodation information

24 rooms, including 6 luxury rooms and a honeymoon suite

Activities

• Hire a kayak to explore the lagoon* • Go whale watching in the Indian Ocean* • Taste the local oysters*.

Dining

2 restaurants, 3 bar areas

What's included

• Breakfast

*Denotes local charge