• Landscape, South Africa

About Turbine Boutique Hotel, Knysna

About Turbine Boutique Hotel, Knysna

Thesen Island is home to a collection on beautiful buildings and homes, linked to each other and the town of Knynsa via a series of waterways. Until about 50 years ago, Knynsa’s power was derived from a wood fired turbine, which has now been transformed into a beautiful five star hotel, set within the lagoon. The old machinery has been lovingly restored and now forms part of the architecture, just one of the aspects of this hotel that makes in unique.

Surrounded by water on three sides, this exceptional hotel is in one of the most prestigious spots of the Garden Route on Thesen Island. Not be missed by any traveller in the region! 

Lodge Details


A unique twist on boutique luxury.


On Thesen Islands, in the town of Knynsa on South Africa’s world famous garden route. Thesen Islands is a canal marina in the picturesque Knynsa Lagoon, where you will find restaurants, homes, hopes and offices.

Accommodation & Facilities

Here there are 17 suites, 6 luxury suites, a honeymoon suite and the self-catering Water Club Apartments. Each suite is individually designed, using art and beautiful décor to keep them unique, very comfortable but with bits and bobs reminiscent of its turbine days. Suites are all en-suite with a separate shower and bath, as well as heated towel rails. Beds are wonderfully comfortable and in full view of a large TV and DVD player with a good sized DVD library. Accommodation is all air-conditioned with a fully stocked mini-bar and a tea/coffee station. Luxury Suites also have a bar with stools and a sleeper couch. The honeymoon suite has a double shower and stand alone bath tub. The Water Club Apartment has a fully stocked kitchen, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine. There are internet facilities in each of the rooms.

The pool deck has a rim flow pool facing the canal and there are three bar areas located in different places in the hotel, each with a unique setting. There is also the Amani Spa offering a wide range of treatments for full relaxation.


There are two restaurants, the Tapas Bar, serving light meals for lunch and dinner, and the Island Café, serving an a la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


From here you can embark on a huge range of activities, join a pontoon cruise, hire some bikes to explore the pristine forests, mountains and coastal routes of the area or hire a kayak out on the lagoon. Fishing charters area available, as well as whale watching in season and adventure activities, from kite surfing to stand up paddle boarding. As well as this, there are the many restaurants and shops in the area to explore.

Child Policy

Children welcome.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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