What a treat! We stayed at the Turbine Hotel and Spa with friends for one night on our recent tour of the Garden Route. We thought the whole comcept was delightful. The building was once the turbine that provided all the power to Thesen Island. The restoration has been well planned and the fact that many of the original fixtures have been kept is one of the really unique features of the place. The fact that no attempt to HIDE them was made but rather to accentuate them by painting them in numerous primary colors was really very bold. We loved the artworks on display throughout the hotel. Our room was large and opened onto, not one, but two patios. We had cocktails before dinner in their tapas bar and dined in the restaurant both that evening and the following morning. Everything was delicious, well prepared, beautifully presented. Our only criticism is that there were NO oysters on the menu. And Knysna is an "oyster capital". What a shame!
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Even though we were there for only one night we were given lots of personal attention and we were wished a safe journey by the manager just before leaving in the morning. I recommend the hotel wholeheartedly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a unique 5 star boutique hotel with a massive wow factor. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides. The Hotel comprises of the Island Café & Tapas Bar, as well as twenty five individually themed suites of the highest standard. The Amani Spa offers the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence. The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities on both land and the Knysna lagoon. ... more less
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