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LOCATIONThesen Island, Knysna, Western Cape (Garden Route)POOLYes

  • The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa located in Knysna offers each guest luxurious accommodation coupled with exceptional cuisine, stunning panoramas and a range of world-class facilities all adding up to the perfect holiday destination
  • This hotel was originally an old power station however it has been transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel with the old machinery playing an integral part of the hotel's aesthetics. 
  • The Turbine boasts a superb spa is one of the finest you will find on the Garden Route, offering guests a wide variety of relaxing treatments from massages to facials and a Rhassoul Steam Room.

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01 May - 30 September 2019 Standard Room R 1,585 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Luxury Room R 1,895 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Honeymoon Suite R 2,215 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 October - 19 December 2019 Standard Room R 1,905 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Luxury Room R 2,260 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Honeymoon Suite R 2,570 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
** Surcharges will apply over Oyster Festival periods, peak holiday periods, public holidays & long weekends.

• Accommodation
• Breakfast daily
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• Children under 2 years of age stay free of charge if sharing a room with full paying adults.
• Children 2 - 12 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate of a Luxury Room if staying with the parents in the same room.
• Only 4 Luxury rooms can accommodate 1 child per room between the ages of 2-12 on a ¾ sleeper couch in the room and 1 cot for an infant 0-2 years, FOC.
• Children of 13 years and older pay the full adult sharing rate if staying in their own room or adjoining rooms.
• Lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads (including sunset cruises)
• Knysna Town cycle tour
• Whale watching (seasonal: July to November)
• Guided canoe trips & kayaking along the canals
• Deep-sea fishing
• Golf
• Hiking, Biking & Walking Trails
• Spa Treatments
• Rates exclude a 1% Tourism Levy, to be paid directly at the hotel.
• All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents.

2.5 hour drive from Port Elizabeth
6 hour drive from Cape Town.

17 x Standard Rooms
6 x Luxury Rooms
1 x Honeymoon Suite
1 x Lagoon Suite
1 x Canal Suite


As recent as 50 years ago, Knysna's power was derived from a wood fired turbine, and ironically this power station was and remains a part of arguably the finest location along the garden route. Thesen Island as it is called is home to a collection of up-market homes linked to each other and the Knysna lagoon through a series of water ways. Several years ago, an ambitious project to transform the power station into a boutique hotel began, the result of which is breath-taking in its 'industrial' mystique. Given the heritage status of the power station, most of the primary components were left in position and now form an integral part of the theme of the hotel.

The hotel comprises of seventeen standard rooms, six luxury rooms, a honeymoon suite, and two self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel. Each of the rooms provide luxurious amenities such as a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, a fully-stocked mini bar and a tea and coffee station.

Standard Rooms
Each of the seventeen standard rooms boast modern essentials. Focusing on natural light each room is designed to accentuate the hotels exquisite positioning, making it easy for each guest to embrace the natural beauty and significance of the hotel. 
Luxury Rooms
There are six luxury rooms boasting a bar area as well as a microwave, four of the other luxury rooms have an extra sleeper couch and some have private gardens or balconies. These luxurious rooms provide guests with more space to spread put and indulge in the comfort & style that the Turbine strives for. 
Honeymoon Suite 
The Honeymoon Suite is in a world of its own as it epitomises luxury & romance on the banks of the Thesen Island. With high ceilings, modern yet classic finishes and a magical stand-alone bath tub this is the perfect room for honeymooners. 
This sumptuous suite has a balcony overlooking the swimming pool, along with a microwave and ice machine, a lounge suite and a bar area. The luxurious bathroom features a double shower, a stand-alone bath and a bidet
Lagoon Suite & Canal Suite
Situated a short distance from the main hotel is the open plan Lagoon Suite. With sweeping views of the marina, Knysna Heads & spectacular estuary. The secluded Lagoon suite is complete with a luxurious double bed plus a full open-plan kitchen with a microwave, espresso machine, fridge & freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
The Canal Suite features canal views and the same modern comforts as the hotel, along with an open-plan kitchen complete with microwave, espresso machine, fridge & freezer.

The Island Cafe
The Island Café at the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is a 90-seater establishment which pverlooks the stunning Thesen Island canals and serves extraordinary dishes from a diverse a la carte menu.

The Gastro Pub

The Gastro Pub is built around the hotel’s fifth turbine, boasting exceptional views with a laid-back setting and a tantalizing, gourmet finger food menu.

Explore Knysna with the Turbine Water Club offering a variety of water sports & activies on land and on the Knysna Lagoon.
*Activites listed below are subject to availability and at an additional charge:
Lagoon cruises
Bicycle hire
Kayak hire
Full & half Knysna experiences
Town tours
Knysna Seahorse tours


Disabled-friendly accommodation
Swimming pool and deck with picturesque views of the canal
Spa (2 double treatment rooms, 1 single treatment room, Rasul steam room)
Art gallery showcasing emerging SA talent
Courtyard and comfortable lounge area
24-Hour reception desk
Conference facilities for up to 40 delegates, depending on seating style
Library with 2 computers


Large shower and separate bath
King-size extra-length bed
Satellite TV (32" plasma screens)
DVD players, DVD library and an iPod docking station
Fully stocked minibar
Tea and coffee facilities (including espresso pod machine)
Air conditioning
International plug converters
Interesting décor and original artwork

Knysna is a town with 68,659 inhabitants as of 2011 in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. It lies 34 degrees south of the equator, and is 55 kilometres east from the city of George on the N2 highway, and 33 kilometres west of the town of Plettenberg Bay on the same road.

The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently, the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world class golf courses, including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. It is near the towns of Plettenberg Bay and George, where there are airports. Knysna is also home to Mitchell's Brewery although the company no longer brews beers in the town. The forest, rivers, estuary, and ocean surrounding the town are dotted with hiking trails and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hikers, runners, kayakers, swimmers, and fishermen are known to be particularly fond of Knysna.


Directions from George Airport
  • On exiting George Airport turn right towards the N2 and at the N2 take the left slipway to Knysna.
  • Drive along the N2, passing through Wilderness and Sedgefield until you reach the town of Knysna. After entering Knysna turn right at the 3rd set of traffic lights into Waterfront Drive.
  • Proceed along Waterfront Drive (railway line on your right), and pass through a set of traffic lights, passing the Waterfront on your right.
  • Turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Long Street (note 'Builders Trade' on your left and Tait Marine across the road on the right-hand corner)
  • Proceed over the railway line and across the causeway and bridge onto THESEN ISLANDS.
  • Once on These Islands continue until the roundabout at the end of the road, here take the first exit left.
  • Follow the road until you reach the stop street and cross over straight ahead.
  • Continue on the road around the Playground and you will find the Turbine Hotel on your right-hand side.

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