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“Fantastic guest house for relaxing break” 5 of 5 stars
Review of African Breeze Guesthouse Leisure Isle Knysna

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African Breeze Guesthouse Leisure Isle Knysna
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   6 Bowden Park | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6571, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #45 of 109 Knysna B&B and Inns
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“Fantastic guest house for relaxing break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2010

Recently stayed for 4 nights at this guest house and highly rate it. The hosts Paris and Steve were very attentive, but not too intrusive. They suggested places to visit and were more than happy to recommend restaurants and make reservations for us.
The guest house itself is of a high standard. Very nice communal areas and breakfast area. The breakfasts were great with a different selection each day, choice of hot and cold.
The bedroom was large and modern. Bathroom was adequate with separate shower and bath. TV, fridge/minbar, hair dryer in room. Free internet use in the communal lounge area. There is also 100mb free of wi fi, you are charged once you have used your allocation.
There is a nice swimming pool and lovely shaded terrace area with plenty of seating and loungers if you choose to relax at the guest house.
The guest house is located on Leisure Isle, not really within walking distance of Knysna centre, however this did not matter as Leisure Isle itself is very peaceful and a beautiful location on the lagoon.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

Paris & Steve are our hosts in this glorious b&b on Leisure Isle away from the noise and grime of Knysna on the N2.
each year we have stayed at AB the desire to return yet again is fierce. Paris is always planning ways of improving their property and she has an immense pride in her achievements which are considerable. every effort is made to bring enjoyment to her guests. ok the breakfast is a weakish point and we discussed this with Steve and we know with certainty that it will be nigh on perfect for our future visits.
thank you on behalf of our little party for a memorable 6 days

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2009

There is something about African Breeze Guest House that makes you feel totally relaxed the moment you arrive. It is difficult to pinpoint the reasons exactly but it probably has something to do with the peace and tranquility, the safety and security of being on an island with controlled access, the truly five star accommodation and facilities, the proximity to the beach, the friendly service and the generous breakfasts. Try it for yourself and you will find it very difficult to leave

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2009

Arrived here on our trip of the garden route. The B&B itself is beautiful and spotless clean, the rooms are very spacious with free WIFI and cable tv. The breakfast was fantastic, the waiter couldn't have been more pleasant. The coffee was the best I had in ZA! I rate the B&B highly for all the above points but... I would not stay here again as I felt the hostess (while nice) was very invasive to our privacy. Again while she was attempting to help us find our way etc we had an uncomfortable time being in her company.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

On arrival there was a warm welcome from Steve and Paris as if we were old friends - a nice touch. The rooms are spacious with superb en-suite bathrooms and large showers. The kids were particularly happy with the free Cable TV and wireless internet. We loved the pool and loungers after long days out. Leisure island is quiet and was great to ride around on the bikes (which are provided too).
Breakfast? Like everything else - excellent.
We will definitely go back again.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2009

Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but we cannot understand the rave reviews that this place receives. We stayed once and would not return. The rooms are lovely but there is no outlook at all - except onto the swimming pool. The weather was very hot when we stayed and the bedrooms do not have air conditioning - and our ceiling fan was the slowest. Sleep was difficult in those conditions (and that's from someone who spent years in Saudi Arabia!). We cannot understand how it is now rated 5 Star when the far superior Amanzi (which has fantastic views) on Leisure Island only has 4 Stars. Opinion? Over-rated, overpriced.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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African_Breeze, Owner at African Breeze Guesthouse Leisure Isle Knysna, responded to this review, July 16, 2009
We would like to respnd to some of the points made in this review.
Regardsing our views, we are not located on the waters edge and we therefore don't advertise as having good views. We are however located only about 50 meters from the lagoon and we make up for the lack of views by being 5 star, offering great hospitality and a lovely pool area which is sheltered from the wind when it is too windy to swim in the lagoon.
Regarding our rates, please compare these as you will find that we are less expensive than the lower graded 4 star waterfront guest houses.
We appreciated the constructive criticism about the ceiling fan being too slow as we have now lengthened the chain switch to ensure that our guests can easily set the fan to a higher speed as required.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

We originally booked for two nights but stayed three. the rooms are large clean & beautifully furnished, Paris & her staff go to no end of trouble to ensure that your stay is a pleasant as it possibly can be. We were there just after the couple who experienced the cockroach problem - Paris told us about it herself - & we saw no problem & neither did any of the guests who were there. The pool area & its furniture are beautiful, clean and extremely inviting. Leisure Island itself is clean, safe & very quiet, an ideal place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 Bowden Park | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 109 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — African Breeze Guesthouse Leisure Isle Knysna 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This gracious home is the perfect base for travellers visiting the beautiful town of Knysna - Heart of the Garden Route in South Africa. Experience Leisure Isle lifestyle the African Breeze Guest House way! We invite you to explore the beauty of this exclusive island in contemporary accommodation and beautiful surroundings of the African Breeze Guesthouse. We offer all the latest amenities you would expect of a 5 Star guest house including DSTV and WIFI. All rooms provide en-suite bathrooms with separate entrances and views of the garden & swimming pool areas.Whether you have come to Knysna for a well-earned break, are sports or nature lovers or have come for a romantic weekend, you will find activities to suit everyone. For the energetic we provide bicycles to explore the island in a unique way. For the water lovers we are within 50 meters to the Knysna Lagoon... so convenient for bathing or exploring the lagoon on our canoe or you can just simply soak up the sun on a white sandy beach or around our lovely pool. Explore, eat and enjoy all that Knysna and the surrounding areas offer. Activities include whale and dolphin watching, hiking and mountain biking through the famous Knysna forests, fishing, sailing and diving, golfing at one of the many world class golf courses, day trips to various game and theme parks, bird watching and a lot more. Knysna also boasts an extensive choice of restaurants and is famous for its oysters and seafood. ... more   less 
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