The Lofts Boutique Hotel is one of my favourite hotels in all of South Africa

The Lofts Boutique Hotel

There is something about The Lofts Boutique Hotel on Thesen Island, Knysna, which is hard to put into words.

I experience such peace and tranquillity and an overall sense of happiness and contentedness each time I visit this lovely hotel.

I have stayed at more luxurious hotels and at hotels with better settings but they still do not give me the same pleasant feeling that I get when staying at The Lofts Boutique Hotel.

I once had the pleasure of chatting to the architect of the hotel and I tried to put into words what I felt about his hotel.  I said that the closest I could come was to simple description was that it had incredible Fung Shui.  He said that I was not the first to notice the pleasant flow of energy and settling use of space.

The hotel is found in the shopping and restaurant district of Thesen Island and overlooks the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. 

The main building was originally a boathouse that has been artfully converted into a hotel.  The mixture of industrial timber and hardware with cleverly positioned and carefully designed modern fittings make this hotel rather intriguing for anybody with a flair for interior design.


Accommodation at The Lofts Boutique Hotel

There are three different room styles from which to choose; the Exclusive Lagoon Suites, the Luxury Loft Rooms or the Luxury Self-Catering Apartments. 

All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a hairdryer, TV with selected DSTV channels, a coffee station, a digital electronic safe and free Wi-Fi access as well as extra length king size beds.

The Lagoon Suites have a north-west view across the lagoon.  Don’t miss the sunsets as they are spectacular!

The Luxury Loft Rooms face north and have a large bedroom and a lovely balcony with two sun-loungers.  The bathrooms have either a shower or a bath/shower combination.  Each room has a different decoration theme.

The Luxury Self Catering Apartments are on the south side of the hotel and sleep up to four people in two bedrooms.  The second bedroom is in a loft room.  My kids particularly enjoy these suites as they have their own room and privacy.


Within the hotel grounds are a splash pool, bar and facilities.  The splash pool faces onto the lagoon and has a lovely sundeck.  Towels and deck chairs are provided.  During low tide it is possible to step onto the lagoon shore.

The Lofts Boutique Hotel has canoes and bicycles for the use of the guests.  A canoe trip through the Thesen Island canals is very enjoyable.  Further afield is The Knysna Waterfront which has mooring facilities for visiting boats.

Knysna is a relatively small town with almost all shops and attractions within a five kilometre radius of the hotel – an easy cycle or stroll away.  There is a cycle track around the north edge of the lagoon and for reasonably fit individuals a cycle to the famous Knysna Heads is very worthwhile.

There are great activities all within a 5-minute walk from the hotel – sunset cruises, whale watching, GoNow bicycles, stand-up paddling, kayaking and a number of great restaurants.

Meals at The Lofts Boutique Hotel

Breakfast is served in The Atrium of the hotel each morning from 8.00.  On offer are a mix of Continental, Health and English style breakfasts.

The hotel also issues breakfast vouchers to guests who may redeem these vouchers at Ile de Pain, Café Mario or the Island Café.

Ile de Pain is a world-famous bakery and eatery and is only open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Saturday.

Café Mario is another excellent eatery found at the Knysna Waterfront and the Island Café is short walk down the road on Thesens Island.

The Atrium may also be hired for functions and once a month is home to the Wine and Dine Market Style Lunch on the first Sunday of each month.


Top reasons for staying at The Lofts Boutique Hotel

  1. An incredible ambience
  2. Well positioned and in easy walking distance of Thesen Island shops, activities and restaurants as well as the Knysna Waterfront.
  3. Great views across the lagoon.
  4. Very comfortable accommodation.

Make sure to book your stay at the Lofts Boutique Hotel by calling 044 302 5710 or emailing or visiting


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