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Leisure Isle is a stylish and charming lodge ideally set in a beautiful and secluded location on a tiny island in Knysna Lagoon, right at the heart of the Garden Route. Leisure Isle itself is steeped in history with grand mansions sitting alongside cosy beach cottages, but this lodge is designed in a classic, stylish and warm style with a theme of greens and whites carried across by lilies, orchids and bamboo.

The elegant and bright restaurant overlooks the lagoon and the outside pool area is a great place to relax in the sun on a comfy chair or lounger. When you are not relaxing at the lodge or swimming in the lagoon, take some time to explore the island and the bustling town of Knysna. Spend an afternoon browsing Knysna's art galleries and boutiques, take a boat trip to the Knysna Heads that guard the entrance to the lagoon or explore the small harbour, ensuring you sample fresh Knysna oysters. You are also well placed to access the long list of Garden Route activities that ranges from visits to animal sanctuaries and long deserted beaches to forest canopy tours and seasonal whale watching.


  • Stylish and intimate boutique guesthouse
  • Scenic island location on the Knysna Lagoon overlooking the Heads
  • Easy access to the lagoon and local beaches
  • An excellent option for exploring the Garden Route around Knysna
  • Be sure to dine at the award-winning in-house restaurant


  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Wind-surfing
Set on the tranquil Knysna lagoon offering exceptional views, my favourite feature here is the location and the relaxed beach house romantic feel this property offers. This is a perfect base from which to explore Knysna where one can enjoy anything from canoeing, to boat trips to the Knysna Heads to name a few
Meg van Niekerk

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Junior Garden Facing Suite

The 12 individually decorated rooms at Leisure Isle Lodge are all equipped with ceiling fans, underfloor heating, mini-bars and satellite television. The spacious en suite bathrooms feature heated towel rails for the hotel's big fluffy towels. The rooms either have magnificent views of the lagoon or open out onto the lovely garden and pool area.


Leisure Isle Lodge has a lovely private swimming pool area and spa treatments can be arranged on request. The stylish lounge and bar area looks out over Knysna Lagoon and, along with the veranda, makes an excellent place for a sundowner drink at the end of the day.

On chilly days, cuddle up around the fireplace in the guest lounge with a coffee or glass of red wine. Mountain bikes and canoes for exploring the lagoon and surrounding areas are available and golfing guests have full membership privileges at the world-class Pezula Championship and Simola Golf Courses.


Award-winning Daniela's Restaurant is positioned overlooking Bollard Bay and the lagoon.

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in this intimate, light and relaxed restaurant or out on the veranda.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Secure Parking
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Computer facilities
  • Restaurant


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Dates Board Price
2022-05-01 — 2022-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $90
2022-10-01 — 2023-04-30 Bed & Breakfast $115

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Traveller Reviews

Leisure Isle Lodge

Sally Kent

"We were upgraded to the penthouse at Leisure Isle Lodge, which was fantastic. Lovely, friendly, helpful staff. Delicious food!"

Laura Ashley

"The hotel in Knysna was beautiful. I think we were the only guests under the age of 50, so it was a naturally quiet atmosphere. We loved being able to go for a run on the island."

Bernard Fanchette

"Our trip was fabulous to say the least. We really enjoyed Knysna’s Leisure Island lodge"

Jennifer Keenlyside

We stayed adjacent to a lagoon in Knysna for 2 days. There were activities such as paddle boarding / kayaking (if that took your fancy). However, My wife and I just relaxed for the duration. The staff were very friendly, the rooms were very luxurious and the food was excellent and reasonably priced.
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Tim Gamester

It was such a shame that the weather turned horrible during our stay in Knysna because with a bit of sun I reckon this place might have been my favourite location. Hotel was gorgeous. Staff were superb. Hard to fault. My other half loved two membe r of staff at this place called Chris and Innocent. I loved staying on Leisure Isle and I would go back here. On the day we arrived I went for run around the isle and felt so relaxed and chilled-out there. Oh to own one those holiday homes there.... :-) Dinner there was brilliant too. On the second night we decided to eat out at a recommend restaurant (Sirocco) and we both agreed that the hotel food was head-and-shoulders above (not that Sirocco was bad…)
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Linda Reist

"The service and friendliness of everyone at all of our locations was beyond compare. The accommodations were the shining stars of this trip. At the Leisure Isle Lodge we were upgraded to the penthouse. What a treat!"

Debby Redman

"Upgraded to the Penthouse Suite - more champagne as well as fruit and chocs. Staff all really friendly. Ate at restaurant - it was good. We loved Knysna and could easily live there if we lived in SA."

Dale Matthews

"The Leisure Isle Lodge was also wonderful: we enjoyed the setting, the breakfasts and dinners and the very nice upgraded room that we received!"

Letitia Campbell

"Leisure Isle is a lovely property."

Ahmed Osman

"This place was wondeful, even our room was upgrated to better, bigger room over looking the lake with fantastic scenery. The crew as usual is very friendly & helpful , the food was also great , also would love to be there again"

Vanessa Gibson

Leisure Isle Lodge in Knysna - such a beautiful, well-designed guesthouse, the staff are all welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. On arrival we found that our Junior Garden Facing Suite had been upgraded to a Superior Sea Facing Suite, which was gor geous, and fantastically comfortable. The managers take time to chat to all the guests, offer suggestions for outings and restaurants, make bookings for activities and provide transport to and from town in the evenings. Not surprised they win so many awards, and the restaurant is fab too!
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Pam Farley

Our accommodations at Leisure Isle Lodge were extremely nice because we got upgraded to a very nice suite overlooking the Knysna Bay and the Heads. The service there was outstanding from the front desk to the housekeepers to the restaurant staff. We felt very welcome and special. While staying in Knysna we visited the Heads and had several good meals. We also visited Monkey Land and Tenikwa (the Cheetah place).
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Julie Payne

All I can say is WOW, what a gorgeous place. The decor, colours and layout of the lodge make you feel instantly relaxed. We were met by very helpful, friendly staff who helped us book all our activities for the duration of our stay. The rooms where s pacious and very comfortably decorated with a view over the lagoon. Breakfasts where lovely with the Chef adding her own special dish for each day. We ate at Daniela's restaurant at the lodge one night and had a fantastic meal. Highly recommended! All in all it was a fantastic trip and I will be recommending the Leisure Isle lodge to any one travelling to the area.
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Ian Stirling

What a delightful place, warm welcome from Barbara Cook and team [not the owner but did an excellent job of looking after the guests] whole place spotless, the food here was excellent amongst the best we had and friendliest staff, housekeeping was to p class.
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Lynda Coomber

Leisure Island Lodge had superb food AND it was directly across the lagoon from our friends house so it was the perfect location for us. Thank you for planning a perfect trip , thank you for all of your selections and planning. It all worked out very well.
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Lillian Choy

"At Leisure Isle Lodge we were upgraded from a garden room to their "penthouse" suite so we had a couple of enormous rooms overlooking the lagoon."

Laura Yecies

"The accommodations on Leisure Isle were very nice - we enjoyed the hotel and went to the heads, hiked in the national forest and had a fantastic meal at Firefly."

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