The Turbine Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Knysna


Along the Cape Town Garden Route, you’ll find the sleepy town of Knysna. Surrounded by ocean and cliffs, this town is a gem of South African tourism and is home of the world renowned annual Oyster Festival.

In the centre of Knysna you’ll find the historical Thesen Island. While the history of this island is a fascinating one, it’s the hotel you’ll find on it that is truly remarkable – the Turbine Hotel and Spa.

This five star boutique hotel is set in the Knysna Estuary and is surrounded by gorgeous panoramas which make its setting postcard perfect. It gets its name from the old power station it inhabited. Much of the old machinery has been restored and can be seen throughout the hotel.


The Turbine boasts a wide selection of accommodation from standard and luxury rooms to a honeymoon suite and self-catering apartment. All the accommodation is incredibly luxurious and sophisticated with a charming sense of design-eyed detail in every corner.

Each of the rooms comes with ensuite bathrooms while the suite features a lavish sitting area from which couples can enjoy a bright red and orange sunset over the Kynsna lagoon.

The self catering Water Club apartment provides all the comforts of home but with the standard of a five-star hotel. Each room features a mini bar and a fantastic sound system.


Facilities at the Turbine hotel include the luxury Amani Spa where guests can rejuvenate with tailor-made and natural treatments. Alternatively, guests can relax on the deck beside the rim flow pool while enjoying a signature cocktail from the bar.

This lavish “island” accommodation also offers a Tapas bar as well as the renowned 90-seater island café. For those who enjoy a bit more adventure, the Turbine Water Club will quench any thirst they have for water sports and activities.

There is also the library which offers a quiet haven to read or the wine cellar above the Island Café – the perfect place to taste some of the Cape’s best wine.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at The Turbine Hotel and Spa.

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