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  • Incredible views of the lagoon and the Knysna Heads
  • Beautiful architecture at this luxury villa
  • Impeccable service standards

Villa Paradisa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Knysna


-34.0334, 23.0325


Perched stunningly above the blue waters of the Knysna Lagoon and the cliffs of the iconic Knysna Heads, Villa Paradisa is more than worthy of its spectacular setting, boasting top-class comfort and a beautifully elegant design. Carefully built to offer the best possible views, with materials, colours and finishes inspired by the idyllic coastal environment, the villa has a soothing natural feel, while treating guests to civilised modern luxury.

Named after marine creatures, the three suites all face the lagoon, which is clearly visible through large arched windows. In each suite, an arched glass door leads out onto a private furnished verandah where guests can get a taste of coastal outdoor living while soaking up the extraordinary views. The Sea Horse Room is smaller than the suites, but still offers plenty of luxury.

Each individually-decorated lodging is appointed with everything a discerning guest will need, including satellite television, tea/coffee facilities, bar fridges, hairdryers, and the comfiest beds fitted with fine percale linen. Equipped with high end fittings, heated towel rails and pampering bath products, the en-suite bathrooms are regal places to refresh. 

The air-conditioned Oyster Suite makes a dreamy honeymoon suite, boasting an extra length Queen-size bed and a spa bath with double captain seats, along with the seamless glass shower that is a delightful feature of all the rooms. Memorable views can be soaked up from the bedroom, bathroom and the cushioned ‘love seat’ on the verandah. 

Also air conditioned, the spacious Coral Suite has a Queen-size bed and bathtub big enough for two, while the verandah sports a comfy daybed. Of equally generous size, with a double bathtub, the Sea Urchin Suite can be taken with either a King-size or twin beds and is kept cool by a fan and cosy by underfloor heating.

Decorated with a classy white colour scheme, the Seahorse Room is also kept pleasant by underfloor heating and a fan. Although the room is not as elevated as the suites, the sandstone patio still offers lovely lagoon views.

Included in the rates, an excellent full breakfast is served in the villa’s stylish dining room. In line with a philosophy to connect guests with the tranquil outdoor surrounds, the villa’s other communal areas include a pavilion and sun terrace, along with a Jacuzzi and a magnificent rimflow pool with Martini seats.

When the weather doesn’t play along, panoramic views can still be enjoyed from the cosy comfort of the lounge.

With the vast number of activities on offer in Knysna, it may be difficult to decide what to do during your stay, but hosts Martin and Marilyn have lived here for more than 20 years, and are more than happy to share their wealth of local knowledge. They will also gladly arrange dinner reservations at local restaurants, in addition to airport transfers, taxi services, car rentals and activity bookings. After a busy day of adventure and a satisfying dinner, guests will return to their rooms to enjoy the spoils of a nightly turndown service.

Rates & Summary

Oyster Suite

Sleeps 2 in extra length Queen-size bed
En-suite shower and Jacuzzi bath
Verandah with lagoon views

Coral Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower and bath for two
Verandah with lagoon views

Sea Urchin Suite

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower and bath for two
Verandah with lagoon views

Seahorse Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower and bath
Patio with lagoon views


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Elevated above the sweeping expanses of the Knysna Lagoon, Villa Paradisa offers four rooms of supreme comfort and luxury, whilst treating guests to superior service standards and fantastic facilities, all within striking distance of Knysna and the Garden Route’s top attractions. The villa has been designed to showcase the best possible views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads, especially from the verandahs of the luxurious, individually-decorated suites. The magnificent rimflow pool and top-of-the-range Jacuzzi feature similarly stunning vistas.


  • Incredible views of the lagoon and the Knysna Heads
  • Beautiful architecture at this luxury villa
  • Impeccable service standards

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Rimflow pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Nearby: beaches, whale watching, scuba diving, sea kayaking, lagoon cruises, fishing, bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, elephant sanctuary, nature reserves, township tour, shopping.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Garden Route

Western Cape


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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