The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa – 5-Star accommodation in Knysna

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

The award-winning, 5-Star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa certainly deserves its place among the best accommodation in Knysna.

It’s the result of a project to transform an old power station into a hotel, which gives the hotel a charming ‘industrial’ appearance. It is also located on a beautiful island – within reach of all that Knysna has to offer and the level of service excellence is what keeps many of their guests coming back.

Accommodation at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Accommodation at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa comprises 26 rooms. Choose between their luxury or standard rooms, the honeymoon suite and two expansive self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel. 

Spread over six wings, the Standard Rooms are designed to highlight the hotel’s historical significance and natural beauty. All rooms feature individual décor and artwork, comfortable King-size beds, en-suite bathrooms.

The six Luxury Rooms boast luxurious King-size beds, roomy en-suite bathrooms as well as a lounge and bar area. Two of them feature a balcony.

Romantics visiting Knysna have not been forgotten. The Honeymoon Suite features high ceilings and classic finishes and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. It actually has some of the hotel’s best views.

While the gorgeous, self-contained Lagoon Suite and Canal Suite are adjacent the main hotel, they offer total privacy and panoramic views of Knysna. Inside you will find open-plan kitchen, a large living room, and a comfortable en-suite bedroom.

Standard amenities in all the rooms also include free Wi-Fi, bath robes, towels and air-conditioning.

See their accommodation rates HERE. Group bookings are welcome for weddings, small conferences and events. You can take advantage of their accommodation specials HERE.

Facilities at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Among other things, Knysna is known for its excellent cuisine. At The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa they have made dining part of the holiday experience.

The hotel owns two fine restaurants – the Island Café and the Gastro Pub. The Island Café, which overlooks the canal, offers relaxed al fresco dining in a spacious, airy setting. Enjoy delectable breakfasts, light lunches and gourmet dinners.

Meanwhile, the pub has a beautiful deck where you can enjoy excellent sundowners – craft beers and cocktails, and an imaginative pub-style menu.

In the heart of the hotel, is the famous The Turbine Spa. It boasts single and double treatment rooms as well as a range of body, facial and beauty treatments.

If you are planning a special occasion or business event, you will also love their two state of the art conference facilities. Each venue seats between 20 – 40 people and provide a seamless blend of luxury and technology.

Activities in Knysna

Knysna is a popular holiday destination for both local and international visitors. There’s so much to keep families, couples, individual travellers, the old and the young busy for days.

If you are not sure of where to start, the staff at the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa will be more than happy to give you pointers as well as to assist with arrangements from a vast selection of activities, dining options and excursions.

Reviews from previous The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa guests

“What a great spoil this establishment is. Not the cheapest place in town, but they do make it worth the spend with the service and accommodation. From arrival to departure you feel special. Great stay, and the history as depicted in the property itself makes it even better,” wrote Johan on their TripAdvisor page.

Mathew English added; “We had the most amazing poolside breakfast while our son was swimming. The atmosphere of the old power station and machines were great. Pricing of the food in conjunction to the high Service levels and quality of food was great.”

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is located at 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island, Knysna. Here is their location on Google Maps. To book your stays, call +27 (0) 44 302 5746; email to or visit them online at Seasonal specials are also available on the website. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

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