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  • Interesting redevelopment of an old powerstation
  • Luxurious venue in a prestigious area
  • Very central for exploring the Garden Route

Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Knysna

 

-34.0485, 23.0491

About

The Turbine boutique hotel is situated on the banks of a canal on the prestigious Thesen Islands in Knysna. It has been creatively transformed from an old power station into an establishment with a considerable wow factor. The old machinery, including the towering power turbines, has been carefully restored and integrated with the hotel’s modern aesthetics, and the establishment houses luxury suites individually decorated with a distinct seaside feeling.

All accommodation is air-conditioned and fully en-suite with heated towel rails, flatscreen televisions, wireless internet, and minibars. Self-catering at the Water Club Apartment is also luxurious and suitable for families and groups.

The Turbine has three bar areas located in different positions around the hotel, each with its own unique setting. The Tapas Bar is located upstairs and serves light meals, and the adjoining Island Cafe overlooks the canal, has a wine cellar and warm fireplaces, with large sliding doors to match the ambience of the weather conditions.

A rimflow pool with a deck facing onto the canal provides an area where guests can relax and enjoy the outdoors on the sun loungers, while the Amani Spa offers rejuvenating treatments.

The hotel has partnered with prominent Knysna adventure companies to offer a huge range of exciting activities on both land and sea, which will allow you to experience the best of this beautiful region. 

Rates & Summary


17 Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
En-suite shower and bath
Deck with harbour views

6 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
En-suite shower and bath
Sleeper couch for 2 children
Deck and bathroom have harbour views

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite double shower and bath
Lounge suite with bar and stools

Water Club Apartment

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Fully-equipped open plan kitchen
Dishwasher
Washing machine

Pricing

Suites

  • R 1 215 - R 1 450 pp sharing
  • R 1 825 - R 2 175 single

Luxury Suites

  • R 1 450 - R 1 700 pp sharing
  • R 2 185 - R 2 550 single

Honeymoon Suite

  • R 1 450 - R 1 940 pp sharing
  • R 2 185 - R 2 910 single

Water Club Apartment

  • R 1 695 - R 1 940 pp per night

Rates vary depending on season
Minimum stay 2 nights during Oyster Festival and 15 Dec - 20 Jan

Catering

Full breakfast included
Two restaurants serve light lunches and dinners

Kids

Luxury suites each have a sleeper couch, which can be converted into a double bed.

Why Stay Here?

Thesen Islands is a marina development located in the scenic Knysna estuary, and consists of 19 man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges and surrounded by pretty tidal waterways. Imaginatively refurbished from an old power station, the Turbine Hotel has been transformed into a luxury establishment on Thesen Island. The hotel is a unique location with bucketloads of character, interesting features, convenient access, and activities for all types.

Summary

  • Interesting redevelopment of an old powerstation
  • Luxurious venue in a prestigious area
  • Very central for exploring the Garden Route

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, mountain bike, fishing gear, binoculars for bird /whale/game watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the hotel are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking
  • Guided canoe trips
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Kite surfing
  • Pontoon cruises
  • Sailing charters 
  • Fishing charters
  • Rimflow pool with deck
  • Amani Spa

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Garden Route

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About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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