The 5-star family-friendly Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is situated on Thesen Islands in Knysna. Intuitive architecture pays homage to the old power station it once was. Accommodation comprises 26 rooms—luxury and standard rooms, a honeymoon suite, and two expansive self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel—perfect for families who like independence. The recently installed generator ensures that load-shedding outages are a thing of the past. The Turbine’s 90-seater Island Café Restaurant, with inside tables nestled between the original turbines and its outside tables overlooking either the canal or the pool deck, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also offers monthly food and wine pairings. The Gastro Pub offers classic pub meals with a delicious turbine twist and live music every Friday evening. The Turbine Spa has a wide range of treatments for hotel guests and day visitors, and the hotel’s very own adventure center, the Turbine Water Club, arranges a variety of water and land-based activities such as lagoon cruises, forest walks, and bicycle hire, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Standard Rooms – (17 Bedrooms)
Each with kingsize beds, ensuite bathroom, mini bar fridge, air-conditioning and satellite TV.  Fully stocked mini bar and a full tea and coffee station.

Luxury Room – (6 Bedrooms)
Each with kingsize beds, ensuite bathroom, mini bar fridge, air-conditioning and satellite TV, these spacious rooms include a lounge area.

Honey Moon Suite – (1 Suite)
A generously spacious suite with lounge and entertaining area, this suite is positioned with impressive vistas of the surrounding water ways.

Self catering Suite – ( 2 Bedroom Suite)
A generously spacious suite with lounge and entertaining area, this suite is positioned with impressive vistas of the surrounding water ways

Island Cafe
Island Café – 90-seater restaurant serving fresh and imaginative dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Gastro Pub
Gastro Pub – A cosy meeting place for locals and visitors alike, with a welcoming atmosphere, delicious gastro pub-style fare, craft beer and cocktails.

Pontoon Cruises
Motorised Pontoon Barges. For luxury cruises up to 10 people.

Bicycle Hire
The areas pristine forests, mountains and coastal routes make it an unforgettable biking destination.

Kayak Hire
Enjoy the charm and uniqueness of the Knysna lagoon.

Fishing Charters – Lagoon & Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some of the best light tackle saltwater fishing along this renowned stretch of coastline. The Knysna Lagoon continues to produce extraordinary large number of Garriek, Shade, White Steenbras, Mussel Cracker, Stumpnose, Blacktail, Rock Cod, Rays and Sharks.

Whale Watching
Travel through the tranquil waters of this picturesque lagoon and out onto the Indian Ocean in search for whales and dolphins, seals, sharks and bird life. As the official whale watching permit holders, we are allowed to approach whales to within 50m, all other vessels to remain 300 m away.

Adventure Activities

  • Kite Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Knysna Forest Tours
  • Guided Canoe Trips
  • Combination Walking/Canoeing & Mountain Biking/Canoeing Trips