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".
- 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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