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Amanzi Island Lodge
Ranked #8 of 126 Knysna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canada
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“Room with a View - A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

After reading many Trip Advisor comments, our usual research and speaking to friends who had recommended visiting Knysna and suggested that it would be best to stay on Leisure Island as opposed to being in town -- we opted for that and selected Amanzi Island Lodge. We were extremely happy to have done so. Looking back now , after having visited the area and the waterfront, we would definitely stay on Leisure Island again -- and would go back to Amanzi as we really loved the atmosphere there.

We had a beautiful deluxe lagoon-facing room on the ground floor with a great patio with a fabulous view of the Knysna Heads. The room itself was large, bright and airy with a huge bed and super bathroom combo room - separate sunken bath and separate huge shower room -- beautifully designed.

It was lovely to be able to walk on the beach right in front of the lodge and especially to walk on the sandbanks at low tide practically all the way to the Heads -- and even more amazing to look at that same view a few hours afterwards with a high tide and of course no way of going across.

Breakfast was excellent in the sunny dining room ( or you could eat outdoors) and the entire lodge had a calming blue and white seaside look which was very tastefully designed.

The staff was very accommodating and made excellent recommendations re dining suggestions.

There was a free shuttle bus to some of the nearby restaurants on the island which was good to use in the evening -- even though we had a car -- when you are unsure of the area ( even with a GPS) going up on hills on narrow winding roads in the dark can be daunting, especially when we were used to driving "on the other side".

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Deluxe lagoon-facing room had an beautiful view and was lovely
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Spent two wonderful days at this tranquil lodge,
had a wonderful time,could not of wished to stay at a nicer place !
The staff were amazing,nothing was too much trouble,
The rooms were immaculate, very trendy and well decorated ,cannot wait to return !

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

We had two nights at Amanzi Island lodge and it was perfect! We had a lagoon facing room which was amazing. The bed was very comfortable and the little touches really made it for me. Charlotte Rhys candle gift, lovely Charlotte Rhys shampoo, soap etc... New (and very decent collection) of magazines, powerful hair dryer etc... Attention to detail was spot on. Breakfast was great and the service from the staff could not be faulted. Amanzi lodge offered great value for money, in an amazing location. I would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Lagoon facing room upstairs.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Loved the place! Great location in front of the water and amazing personal service. The kayaks were a highlight for us. Promise Hani made sure we had everything we need. So sad it was just a short stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

From the first moment we stepped into Amanzi Lodge our hosts, managers of the lodge, could not have been more helpful. They chilled our own wine for the pool later. Helped with bags to the room and booked a table for dinner for us. They were fantastic, a driver took us to the restaurant for free and collected us in the rain that we unfortunately had that night.
Beautifully furnished and great breakfast
Excellent

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

01 March 2013, my bridesmaids & I spent the night here & spent the morning getting ready for our wedding which already was fabulous!! My husband & I then returned after the wedding and Amanzi asked me prior to leaving if we wanted champagne in our room when we returned or at breakfast upon which I opted for breakfast. We all forgot about it though & a week later they emailed me to please pop in some time and drink some champagne at Amanzi. On 08 Jan 2014 I emailed them and asked if we could pop in on 09 Jan 2014 as it was my husbands birthday and we were in Knysna. They promptly replied saying ofcourse, please do!! Upon our arrival I learned that they weren't aware of the offer when they received my email as the lodge were under new ownership but that they'd love to do it for us. Needless to say, we enjoyed a fabulous bottle of champagne on the deck with the gorgeous view of the Knysna lagoon and then my husband was called to cut the cake and enjoy some for his birthday! Fantastic Amanzi style!! Hospitality at it's best, with the staff smiling & chatting & being friendly! We'll be back Amanzi!!!

Room Tip: Lagoon view for sure as Knysna is the most picturesque destination ever!!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Beaconsfield
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Very much like Jonny95 said before me, I am so glad the change of ownership has not lowered the standards I remembered from previous visits. If anything, the shuttle service to Mo or Senza is a very welcome addition. Service with a smile from everyone involved, and loads of local knowledge. Will return for sure.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Amanzi Island Lodge
Address: 31 Cearn Drive | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Amanzi Island Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shores of the Knysna Lagoon you'll find Amanzi Island Lodge, a tranquil beach house on Leisure Isle, with spectacular views of the Knysna Heads and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Spacious bedrooms open out onto a balcony either overlooking the lagoon or our private garden. Amanzi has a breakfast room opening onto the main terrace. Guests can enjoy an english breakfast while admiring the breathtaking view. Later, relax by the secluded swimming pool or sit on our terrace overlooking the lagoon and indulge in a sundowner. The complimentary bicycles and kayaks available at the guest house can be used for scenic trips around Leisure Isle.Our sunny and spacious rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite TV. The bathrooms have under floor heating and complimentary Charlotte Rhys luxury products. ... more   less 
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