We have just returned from another wonderful trip to Southern Africa and once again stayed at the legendary Knysna Belle. Last year we only managed a 'taster' at this lovely guest house but last week spent five glorious nights - call us greedy but we could have stayed even longer!
The position of the Belle means that one enjoys sunshine, fresh breezes and spectacular views from every aspect. The bedrooms are stylish, individual and super clean. Ample wardrobe space, crisp linen and high quality matresses and pillows. All with either full bathroom or showers en-suite. The hottest water and white fluffy towels. Welcome trays with tea, coffee and biscuits are appreciated too.
Breakfast to suit every possible taste and appetite served with attention to detail down to the tiniest flower displays on each plate. The fruit salad was my personal favourite but my husband loved a full 'English', followed by cheeses!
After such a feast one could borrow a bicycle and cycle the island (approx 2 miles) round trip, or, use one of the canoes and enjoy the lagoon just a few paces from the Belle's lawn. Fishing could be another pursuit to add to swimming and walking. Of course you could choose just to laze by the blue pool, reading and sun bathing on the ultra luxurious steamer beds. The bird life is fascinating too and it was great fun watching a particular pair irrigate the lawn oblivious to our being only feet away.
There is an abundance of good restaurants within a few minutes of the Knysna Belle so going hungry need not be an option once breakfast has been digested. After an evening meal out, on returning to the house, enjoy a last drink before bed either on the terrace or in the sitting room where there are a wonderful mix of books and magazines to enjoy.
If I had to say what was best about our recent visit to the Knysna Belle, I would say arriving. The least would be leaving. Thank you to all the happy and helpful staff who make this the most special of places.
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