Set on the edge of Thesen island in Knysna, The Turbine is an old power station that has been lovingly transformed into nothing less than a 5-star boutique hotel. All of the original machinery has been integrated into the design of the hotel to create a unique look and feel.

Enjoy a evening sundowner on the viewing deck or in the Tapas Bar although you might want to take your drink onto the hotel's private pontoon boat, the Turbine Trixie, and have a cruise around the lagoon. You may also like to indulge in a massage at the Amani spa or simply relax at the pool. Located at the heart of the famous Garden Route, this hotel is also central to an array of fantastic restaurants, wildlife excursions and outdoor adventures.


  • Located in Knysna on the unique Thesen Island in Knysna Lagoon
  • Charming & quirky converted power station
  • Fantastic restaurant with fresh seafood
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms
  • Walking distances from great restaurants

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There are plenty of facilities at The Turbine Boutique Hotel. The Amani Spa has a variety of treatments to choose from - massages, luxurious facials, manicures and pedicures, hydrotherapy treatments and tailor-made packages - but you can also just settle into the library with a good book, or relax on the pool deck overlooking the canal.

The hotel has internet access, a curio shop, well-stocked wine cellar and an art gallery showcasing local talent. The hotel's concierge service will assist you in booking any number of local excursions from lagoon cruises and hiking the Knysna Heads to hiring a bicycle and restaurant recommendations.

General Facilities

    24-hour Security
    Babysitting service available
    Laundry service
    Room service
    Secure parking
    Bicycle rental
    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities


The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa has two restaurants which are frequented by locals and guests alike.

The Tapas Bar serves light meals for lunch and dinner while the 90-seater Island Café offers an à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and boasts an award-winning wine list.

Standard Room

The Turbine Boutique Hotel has 24 rooms made up of 17 Standard Suites, six Luxury Suites, and a Honeymoon Suite.

Each suite is individually decorated and has an en suite bathroom featuring a separate shower and bath. Other standard facilities include satellite television, internet access, air conditioning, a tea and coffee station and a mini-bar.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Internet facility
    Mini bar
    Tea & coffee-making facilities

Other Room Types

The Luxury Suites at The Turbine are larger than the Standard Suites as they include a bar area with stools, a microwave, flat-screen television and DVD player and library - some rooms also have a sleeper couch.

The Honeymoon Suite has the same as above along with an ice-maker, extra lounge area, stand-alone bath, bidet and a luxurious double shower.


  • Day tours
  • Biking
  • Boat excursions
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • Whale watching
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 $130 Bed & Breakfast
  • 15 Dec 2017 - 28 Feb 2018 $155 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $145 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2018 - 27 Jun 2018 $120 Bed & Breakfast
  • 28 Jun 2018 - 08 Jul 2018 $145 Bed & Breakfast
  • 09 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $120 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018 $145 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Water Club Apartment,Honeymoon Room,Luxury Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Mary Keet

Mary Keet

Africa Safari Expert

"I can honestly say that this is the most unique hotel I have visited! The stylish integration of the old fittings of a former power plant into an impressionable boutique hotel - this is a must on any itinerary."



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