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The Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve
Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Knysna
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Combe Martin, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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“Beautiful, peaceful, wish I was there now!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We had 3 fantastic nights here recently, it was superb. The rooms are very spacious and give the feeling of being up in the trees as they are on such a steep slope, walking back to the room burnt off a few calories after the great dinners we had there! The staff were very friendly & helpful. I spent a day just reading on our balcony & watching the monkeys and birds while my husband enjoyed walking in the nearby forests. Blissful.
We would go back anytime.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

A absolute fairy tale stay... Excellent Food. The best breakfast and amazing dinners. Upper tree suite is so private with magnificent views over the Lagoon. Great mountainbiking from Phantom forest. Just what we were looking for to relax in luxury but in the middle of nature!

Room Tip: Upper tree suites are very private with magnificent views!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

it is a perfect place, and for us made the start of 2013 a very special one.
It's not just the awesome treehouses, but also the delicious food and the kind and dedicated staff that makes this place a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great place to stay during your Garden Route trip. Great food (excellent menu) and the location inside the forest is beautiful. we loved the little story on our bed every night. The pool and the bubble bath is just fantastic.

The tree houses are just magnificent you get monkeys as visitors in the early mornings. The Spa was very good as well and my wife had an amazing massage. We would for sure stay here again. The only downside if there is one, is the noise of the street which you can hear from time to time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Magical, Beautiful, Romantic...! Just what I needed to escape the silly season after a year full of hard work - to be within Nature while surrounded by luxury and amazing staff members. I LOVED being there!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

My husband and I have visited this incredible place twice in the last three months! if you are looking for something different and total relaxation this is the place for you. We stayed in a Morrocan Tree suite, the total seclusion and the bath with its view over the forest is truly an amazing experience. The staff are wonderful and the rooms are spotless. Having breakfast on a deck in the tranquil forest is a great way to start your day. .... Sally and Ian Smith

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Phantom Forest Eco Lodge and would do it again tomorrow - we really did not want to leave. The lodge is built into the hillside of the Phantom Forest and blends in with the surroundings like it was meant to be there. It is somewhat remote so if you want shopping, restaurants, beaches, etc. within walking distance, you should consider another place. After a week in downtown Capetown, we appreciated the serenity and remoteness.

Sandy and the other staff were wonderful - we've traveled a lot and have rarely felt this well taken care of. Our home for the stay was the Gecko tree villa - how beautiful. The villa provides a large living and bedroom area with a separate bathroom (the tub is magnificent) and separate shower. A nice deck area completes the package. The weather wasn't condusive to sitting outside much but we did enjoy a late night glass of wine under the stars.

The onsite restaurant is top quality. We had requested vegetarian food before our arrival and were so impressed that for each dinner they had prepared a custom menu to suit with several delicious options. What service! The food was extremely high quality and the wine list left nothing to the imagination. We really felt spoiled.

Our last morning there the resident monkey tribe stopped by for a visit. How can you beat having breakfast with an audience of monkeys? Good times.

Can't wait to go back - we really loved it!

Room Tip: spoil yourself with the tree top villa - it is worth every penny!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve
Address: Phantom Pass, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Knysna
#7 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
#13 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award winning Phantom Forest lodge and boma restaurant is situated in a private reserve on the Knysna River estuary, a magnificent setting of indigenous forest, fynbos and estuarine wetland. Designed to create only the lightest footprint , Phantom Forest offers superb luxury in complete harmony with nature. Accommodation consists of fourteen evocative "tree suites", perfectly integrated into the forest. Nature lovers can explore the reserve via forest and fynbos trails or canoe trips along the river. The Boma restaurant offers international cuisine served in the classic style while the body boma wellness spa provides a range of natural treatments. ... more   less 
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