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“A stunning gem in Knysna!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

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Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Munich, Germany
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34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“A stunning gem in Knysna!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stayed at Villa Afrikana for 2 nights on a stopover driving along the garden route. We obviously picked this place based on the reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed! Arrival was smooth and we parked our car outside and were greeted at the door by Bianca who is one of the owners together with Ross. She brought us around the Villa and then accompanied us to our Gouna suite and showed us where everything was. We were also offered a drink and we chose to have a glass of wine which they served with some strawberries to enjoy on our private balcony. All the rooms come with a private balcony and just vary in size but nearly all of them have views to The Heads. Rooms higher up of course have more privacy when you are sitting in your balcony. Bianca has great taste and so the bedrooms are done very tastefully in a modern contemporary style. It was nothing too Zen or minimalistic but just more modern with a touch of “Africa” here and there. The bathroom was humongous with double sinks and a bathtub along the window with views to The Heads. Shower cubicle was fitted with a “Rain Shower” and the plus point, you have floor heating if needed in the bathroom. They have an honesty bar downstairs so you just write down what you take and is really convenient if you want to have a night cap when you come back to the Villa after dinner. You get a breakfast card every night which you need to fill out with what you want to have and then hang it outside on your door. We picked to have breakfast downstairs in the big terrace the first day and in our private balcony the second. Both experiences were very good and the breakfast fresh and delicious. The service staff was always very friendly and tried to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. They had a little “home-made” guide book as to what to see around the area as well as restaurant recommendations. We followed their tip for dinner and both places we tried on the 2 nights were good. Overall Villa Afrikana offers a more homely and personal experience compared to big Hotel chains. The lovely couple live there and are there everyday looking after the guests and helping out with anything that you might need including going through the map to show you how to get to your destination. Thumbs up for Villa Afrikana!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Villa Afrikana is a stunning property perched on a hill overlooking the Knysna lagoon. Beautifully decorated from the inside, the property is designed for each room to enjoy the spectacular view of the lagoon. Bianca, the owner (with her husband Ross) greeted us warmly on our arrival, and gave a tour of the beautiful property. They were kind enough to upgrade us to a room with a balcony, and welcomed us with a drink and chocolate coated strawberries (hey, why not- we're on vacation!). The service was excellent, breakfast absolutely outstanding (they give you a menu to fill out with breakfast requests) which they will serve to you in your room, on your balcony, or in the beautiful dining room or outdoor dining area. It is clear why this property is ranked the highest in Knysna- and long may it be so!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

i cant not believe you find places like these in this world still. We loved the setting the decor and certainly the hosts Bianca and her husband . Great people with great personality . We will definately be coming back every year for our anual holiday and im sure we wil still stay the same as always . Keep up the good work excellent service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

This place is out of this world. The rooms and house are decorated beautifully and the views of the heads are superb. The staff are so friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have a great stay. Ross and Bianca have great recommendations of restuarants and things to do in the local area which is much appreciated. This is definitely the place to stay in Knysna!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had the joy and pleasure of spending 4 nights in Villa Afrikana and would return in a heartbeat. Knysna is a jewel in the South African crown - but the hosts Ross and Bianca are the diamonds. Every attention to detail, excellent staff and amazing friendly knowledge from the hosts.
We toured South Africa for 3 weeks, but Villa Afrikana is spellbinding and we would go back just to stay in this beautiful, top class place again. Breakfast on the terrace every morning was divine. as was everything else. Words are not enough to recommend the atmosphere and the setting. Go........

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very good - the room was excellent with a great view over the lagoon. The staff and service were also excellent. Eating breakfast/dinner within the privacy of your own balcony but with fantastic views of the lagoon was a good experience. It made our stay very pleasant - I would definitely recommend to anyone staying in Knysna.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank redarmy1006
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear redarmy1006,

Thank you for the great comments; we will certainly convey your compliments to our staff.

“Until we meet again”, greetings from “Paradise”
Ross, Bianca, Steven, Beauty, Tracy, Thoko, Constance, Lovemore, Sindy and Zandi

Villa Afrikana Guest Suites is recognized as an innovator in the Guest House category, we pride ourselves in providing attentive and charismatic service in an ambiance of conviviality and unpretentious elegance. Guest’s accommodations are specifically designed to maximize space, comfort and views over the Knysna Heads and Lagoon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

If you had to sum up this guest house in one phrase for us it would be - beautiful attention to every detail. Our room had a fantastic view of the Knynas lagoon and was superbly appointed. The theme for the room was airy and light - pristine white bed linen and white leather sofa. The bathroom was also beautifully finished. An example of the attention to detail was; after returning from an evening meal, at the incidentally excellent JJs on the waterfront, we found a single rose positioned on one of the pillows. A lovely touch. Bianca and Ross, the owners, were very friendly and helpful and clearly have worked hard to create the atmosphere and ambiance that exists at these guest suites. If we get back to Knynas at some stage we would definitely look to stay here again and for longer. Thank you all at Villa Afrikana.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Thanks to you ADSSouthCost for selecting to stay at Villa Afrikana and thank you for the beautiful review.

You are now a “Loyal Friend & Family Member of Villa Afrikana” and can’t wait to welcome you again in the near future.

“Until we meet again”, greetings from “Paradise”
Ross, Bianca, Steven, Beauty, Tracy, Thoko, Constance, Lovemore, Sindy and Zandi

Villa Afrikana Guest Suites is recognized as an innovator in the Guest House category, we pride ourselves in providing attentive and charismatic service in an ambiance of conviviality and unpretentious elegance. Guest’s accommodations are specifically designed to maximize space, comfort and views over the Knysna Heads and Lagoon.
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Property: Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
Address: 13 Watsonia Street | Paradise, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
#1 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
#2 Family Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Space-Exclusivity & Style" Situated in the heart of the Garden Route; home to Pezula Golf Estate, Simola Golf Estate and Knysna Golf Club. 5* graded Villa Afrikana is perched high above the town of Knysna, on a hill fittingly called "Paradise" overlooking the world acclaimed Knysna Heads and lagoon. THE VILLA With its summery, gleaming white, the geometric architecture of Villa Afrikana is already quite a sight. The stylish interior is just as defined in the same perfect white. A modern, unpretentious interior gives the compact Villa Afrikana a surprisingly open feel to its rooms. Look out for the eye-catching artworks and cleverly placed objects. The attractive style encompasses a total of 6 suites in this 5* Guest House / Bed & Breakfast on the Garden Route. Facilities & Services: • Indoor Guest Lounge with fire place and Library and Reading Room • Outdoor Guest Lounge with main deck overlooking the pool and lagoon. • Salt Water Swimming pool with sun deck (unattended) • On-site secure parking • Laundry Service • Porterage • Complimentary Wireless Connectivity • Complimentary Room Service • Complimentary, satellite TV channels to include international news, sport, movies and documentaries channels in addition to local terrestrial channels • In-suite Light Meals & Beverage selections • Complimentary Room Service Breakfast served in the privacy of your suite • Concierge Desk operated by your Hosts, to assist with private arrangements and provide local knowledge for: Dinner at several very good restaurants, Local Taxis, Transfers & Car Rentals, Attractions We regret to inform that: • Due to uneven terrain, Villa Afrikana is not suitable for physically challenged Guests • Complying with the law, smoking is only permitted in the balconies and outdoor public spaces. THE SUITES The suites are wonderfully roomy and all have a fantastic view over the lagoon of Knysna. Each also features a comfortably furnished and also very spacious luxury bathroom in cutting design with under-floor heating and double washbasin. You'll be sleeping in a comfortable extra length king size double beds, all fitted with quality bedclothes and feather comforters and pillows. All suites of this Guest House / Bed & Breakfast have a high definition LCD 32" TV Set complete with an array of Satellite Channels and DVD player as well as tea and coffee makers. To add, the suites hold further surprises, such as a private balcony/terrace and some even a hydro massage tub for instance. Personalized Bathroom Amenities, Hair Dryers, Bathrobes and Electronic Safes are also provided for each suite for your enjoyment and comfort. ... more   less 
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