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Isola Bella
Ranked #62 of 129 Knysna B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 5, 2012

My wife and I had a delightful stay at Isola Bella. Our room was excellent and the host was friendly, obliging and yet managed to keep the perfect distance so that we still had our privacy.

The only thing that spoilt our stay was when my wife became alarmed and alerted me to someone shouting at the host. She was concerned at the agression of whoever was shouting and asked me to ensure that no harm befell the owner who is a female. We could not help but overhear what happened. At all times the host was calm, measured and polite.

You have only to read the other reviews to determine that the post "honeymoon disaster" does not in any way reflect every other guest's experience.

Please note that we stayed here in January 2011 at the same time as "honeymoon disaster" but for some reason were unable to select the relevant date.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Syd R
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

We thought the house was stunning and it's hard to imagine how the position, looking across the lagoon to the Heads, could be much better. Our room was beautifully designed and next to the small, pleasant lounge and balcony where we had a superb breakfast (and a relaxing glass of wine in the evening). Marisa, the owner, is a delightful person - extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful, Marisa takes a true personal interest in each of her guests. She was a able to recommend an excellent restaurant within safe walking distance (about 10 min) of the guest house as well as places on Knysna Quays and Thesen Island a short drive away. We would certainly return if the opportunity came up!
Knysna is a delightful place and we'd recommend the Featherbed tour which departs from close to the Quays - a boat trip across the lagoon, tractor ride to the top of the Heads, walk down and a splendid lunch.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Roger H
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

The stay at Isola Bella was fantastic. I was there along with 4 other friends and we had a great time. The rooms were clean, had a great view and the staff was extremely friendly. It is on Leisure Isle so it was very quiet day and night. What really made the difference is Merissa, the owner of the guest house. She is absolutely fantastic and made our stay in Knysna even better. She gave us great restaurant recommendations, served us a great breakfast every morning and was overall extremely helpful. It was because of Merissa and Isola Bella that our stay in Knysna was so fantastic. We look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Oliver F
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

It has only been a week and I can't forget about the Leisure Isle and Isola Bella. It is very far away from Colorado but I am already trying to figure out a way to get back. Marissa treats you like family and has created a cozy and lovely little spot from which to watch the tide come in the lagoon and to strike out on Garden route adventures.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Houssie
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Reviewed March 2, 2011

We loved staying in Marisa's delightful home, overlooking the lagoon and the Heads.
Marisa's hospitality is first class, a perfect place to stay, enjoy and relax.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank cmsj
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Reviewed November 22, 2010

We had a beautiful stay at Marisa's guest house last year. Have made an unplanned stop at Knysna as another pre booked venue on route had failed to meet our expectations we turned up on Marisa's door stop completely unannounced with no booking. The housekeeper quickly contacted Marisa who was out at the time and we were offered our complete choice of rooms and made totally welcome. Isola Bella is a spectacular property, real luxury living but also very friendly and welcoming so you feel right at home from the minute you arrive.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

What a lovely place! Isola Bella is superbly situated on the tranquil Leisure Isle and so inviting and hospitable we could have stayed on for months! Marisa really made us feel comfortable and at home with her warm, relaxed atmosphere and generous Italian spirit.
We didn't feel like guests, but like old friends which we really appreciated.
The guesthouse is charming, incredibly clean and has everything you could possibly need.
We will definitely be coming back to Isola Bella for years to come.
Thank you Marisa!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LondonDiane100
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Address: 21 Hart Road | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Ranked #62 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range: $90 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Isola Bella 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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