A fascinating boutique hotel and spa, converted from a former power station and beautifully located in the heart of South Africa's iconic Garden Route.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathrooms: Ensuite
  • Minimum stay: 1 night

The Turbine is a boutique hotel and spa that’s quite unlike any other.

First, it’s magnificently located on Thesen Islands, a marine development in Knysna that forms part of South Africa’s iconic Garden Route. Second, the sleek five-star retreat was once a working power station!

From the moment you arrive, you’ll note how cleverly the former station’s machinery has been integrated into the hotel’s uniquely quirky architecture. Examples include huge turbines that adorn the balcony, fascinating curios and contraptions galore, and the steel pillars and pipes, painted in vivid colours, that form part of the room décor.

There are 17 individually-styled rooms to choose from, including a glorious honeymoon suite, and two self-contained spaces that are ideal for those in search of a little extra privacy.

What to do once you’ve checked in? Relax with a well-deserved treatment at the indulgent Turbine Spa, where delights include a restorative Rhassoul Steam Room. You could choose to take a swim in the pool-with-a-view, embark on a guided forest tour or pontoon cruise… or simply enjoy a drink at the Island Café.

Finish a perfect day with a slap-up dinner at the café restaurant, which overlooks the canal, or head to the laid-back Gastro Pub to catch up on the latest TV sports… your choice!


  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups
  • Seaside Breaks
  • Swimming Pools

Where you'll be staying

Knysna, Western Cape

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