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Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Chester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Villa Afrikana”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

A lovely looking hotel with very nice staff.
We were told all rooms had balconies, but when we arrived we found we had the only room without one. Also we found there was quite a lot of noise from the room above.
Apart from that, the hotel is within walking distance of Knysna town centre, has secure car parking and excellent breakfasts.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Garry G
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Garry G

Thank you for the lovely review, we are so proud of our breakfast.

We are sorry to hear that you were led to believe that your room would have had a balcony. As you did not correspond directly with us for your booking we have been in touch with your travel agent to ensure the information on hand is correct and make a repetition less likely in the future. We wished we knew then you had been misinformed, we would have loved the chance to make it better while you were here.

We are looking forward to welcome you again at Villa Afrikana on your next visit to South Africa.

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We arrived to be greeted by Ross and Bianca like we part of the family. Nothing was too much trouble and all the staff were extremely helpful. Ross managed to sort out a Whale watching trip at short notice when the planned trip fell through due to unforeseen circumstances. Recommendations for local restaurants were laid out in a comprehensive book but if required both Ross and Bianca were only too happy to give their own personal ideas on any of the restaurants. I would recommend a visit to the Olive tree but only if you want a relaxed meal with excellent food.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Tim H

Thank you for the great review. As you know, you are now indeed a friend and family member of Villa Afrikana. We are looking forward to have here again in the near future.

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

If you are looking for accommodation in Knysna this is the only place to stay. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel welcome and your every need is catered for. The rooms are perfect, well appointed, great views and spotlessly clean. The staff are amazing- attentive but unobtrusive. There are many 5 star hotels that could learn from Villa Afrikana's attention to detail, staff training etc are all at the highest level. The little touches give this place the edge. I won't spoil it go there and experience for your self you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Rooms at the top have fantastic views and are more private
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Ian D

Thank you for the wonderful review. We pride and thrive in our meticulous attention to details, eagerness to please, unpretentious ambiance, magnificent views and the exceptional level of service, equally and evenly provided by our wonderful staff day after day.

We are looking forward to reserve “Your Place in Paradise” in the near future

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Superlatives fail me when trying to convey how fabulous the Villa is. The setting, views and beautiful stylish interiors are in a class of their own but what makes this establishment a fantastic place to stay is the staff. From the moment you arrive and they greet you ready to take your bags, give you a cold towel and show you your suite till the moment you leave ( in your freshly washed car) they are smiling, helpful and welcoming. It is the small touches that Ross and Bianca do very well- the welcome glass of wine and chocolate covered strawberries, the treats at turn down time, the glass of port on a cold evening or cold towels by the pool when the sun comes out. We had breakfast on our balcony twice and it was idyllic. The food is plentiful, fresh and beautifully presented. The suites have been furnished with high quality fixtures and fittings and the linens, towels and robes sumptuous. The staff also seem to anticipate a need which is a sign of excellent training and all seamless. We would return in a heart beat.

Room Tip: Top suites give great views and added element of privacy
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank katie26
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear katie26
Thank you for the superb review, we are particularly proud of your comments about our friendly yet professional environment, exceptional level of service and attention to details. We are all looking forward to be welcoming you again at Villa Afrikana in the near future. P.S. Thank you for liking us on FB.

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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Glasgow
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Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Rossano and Bianca have created an absolutely perfect retreat on the Garden Route. We stayed for two nights in the uppermost suite (Nietze) with a fantastic view over the water and Knysna Heads in the distance. The interior decor has been created by someone with great taste (Bianca presumably or is that sexist). Breakfast was superb and we chose to have it on our own balcony. It's a 20-25 minute walk from the waterfront restaurants and there is a list of them in the room. Taxi back was 60 rand. Extra little touches included our car being washed and ice cold face towels at the pool.We are quite fussy about acommodation, cleanlieness, food, views etc and this place is faultless.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank topdoc55
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear TopdocGlasgow
Thank you for your absolutely perfect review, especially in regards of our standard of services and décor. We are looking forward to be welcoming you again at Villa Afrikana in the near future.

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Nobody can fault the incredible service at this very pretty guest house. The staff anticipates your needs and is incredibly pleasant as well. Breakfast is plentiful and good. Rooms are attractive and large, with comfy chairs for reading). Views of the laguna are lovely.
Bianca and Ross and helpful and friendly. If I had to be at all critical, I'd mention that if you are on the first level (which we were), you will hear those staying above you. Our upstairs neighbours had a child of around 12 and there were many times we heard her - luckily, however, not late at night. I'd also suggest that there might be a better way to block early morning sun than with blinds - those two things said, you'll still enjoy staying at this lovely place!

Room Tip: Upper levels will be quieter and also have better views.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank OttawaCatLady
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear OttawaCatLady
Thank you for your wonderful review praising our incredible level of service and wonderful staff.
We value your constructive criticism and suggestions which help us define and fine tune our product to the benefit and overall satisfaction of our guests. Guest satisfaction is of paramount importance to us, we cannot stress enough how important it is for us to be told or alerted of any discomfort experienced by our guests during their stay and promptly resolve it.

Thank you again for choosing and recommending Villa Afrikana. We are looking forward to welcome you again at Villa Afrikana

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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Wisconsin
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81 reviews
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Had a wonderful two day stay at Villa Afrikana. We wished we could have stayed longer. There is a reason why Villa Afrikana is the #1 accommodation in Knysna. The attention to detail of Ross and Bianca ensure an enjoyable stay. Breakfast is very delicious and plentiful. The room was very clean and comfortable. You will definitely want to stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank CADream1n
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear Cadream1n
We are delighted you have enjoyed your stay with us at Villa Afrikana. We are looking forward to have here for longer in the near future.

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

We at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites 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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