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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 an upscale boutique hotel. All of the original machinery has been integrated into the design of the hotel to create a unique look and feel.

Enjoy an 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, Turbine Trixie, and have a cruise around the lagoon. You may also like to indulge in a massage at the Turbine 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 Thesen Island in Knysna Lagoon
  • Charming and quirky converted power station
  • Fantastic restaurant with fresh seafood - try Knysna's oysters!
  • Spacious, comfortable and well-appointed rooms
  • Walking distance from great restaurants


  • Day tours
  • Biking
  • Boat excursions
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • Whale watching
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.
Mary Keet

Mary Keet

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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.

Honeymoon Room

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

Luxury Room

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


There are plenty of facilities at The Turbine Boutique Hotel. The Turbine 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 boutique, well-stocked wine cellar and an art gallery showcasing local talent.


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 Island Café offers an à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and boasts an award-winning wine list.

General facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Babysitting service available
  • Laundry service
  • Room service
  • Secure parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Computer facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • Spa


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Dates Board Price
2022-04-07 — 2022-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $115
2022-10-01 — 2022-12-19 Bed & Breakfast $140

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