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Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Great Property, Exceptional Staff”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

By far, my stay at Villa Afrikana was the most enjoyable one on my Garden Route drive. I stayed at 6 properties on this stay in South Africa, and none came close to Villa Afrikana. The property has just an exceptional view of Knysna, really beautiful.

The room I stayed in was flawless, the attention to detail was spot on. The staff was great, and I have to say that the owners Bianca and Ross are just the best hosts. They have the kind of genuine warmth that you cannot fake, you can tell they are real 'people persons' that are intent on making sure that all their guest have a good stay.
I can see why this hotel is ranked number 1 in Knysna and won the Travellers' Choice® 2013 Winner award.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Our stay in Villa Afrikana was simply incredible. We stayed for 4 nights in November and were made to feel exactly as spoilt and welcome as we had expected from so many glowing Tripadvisor reviews. The owners and hosts, Ross and Bianca, struck a beautiful balance between making us feel as well looked after as we would be in a palace, yet as comfortable and at ease as we would be in our own home. The thoughtful touches that affected every aspect of our stay show that these hosts really do relish in taking care of their guests. All of the staff seemed genuinely happy to help and never ceased smiling. Every evening, on returning from a day out, we were welcomed into the house, helped with our bags, asked if we would like a drink and offered help making dinner reservations, including taxi bookings. The included breakfast was delicious and plentiful, and served on our own private terrace at a time of our choosing. We enjoyed beautiful views of the lagoon and the heads in the distance. It was really magical. Ross and Bianca were full of help in planning our stay, booking activities, offering suggestions and giving directions. The dinner recommendations were accurate and good. I could not fault our stay if I tried. My only advice to anyone thinking of staying is book early! Such fantastic accommodation fills up fast!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Villa Afrikana was one of 7 places we stayed on our trip along the Garden Route and it was our favourite. Ross and Biance were perfect hosts, their property is lovely and Knysna was a fantastic place. We had an incredible view from our bedroom and a lovely breakfast outside in the morning. The room was incredibly well decorated, impeccably presented and spotlessly clean. Given we only had one day in Knysna (something we would change should we return) Bianca was quick to give us pointers on what to do. We visited The Heads, and also had lunch at The East Head Cafe (both great) followed by a couple of drinks around the pool in the sun. Dinner had been recommended (by Villa Afrikana) and booked at the Olive Tree which was also memorable. We would thoroughly recommend a stay here and will try and return as soon as we can. Thank you once again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The Villa Afrikana is simply fantastic! Ross and Bianca, the owners and hosts, are informative and friendly and the staff are ever-present and exceptional. The rooms are beautiful and personal touches are carefully thought-out every evening. The breakfasts are the standout feature but there is nothing that my wife or I would change from our time there. If you are looking a romantic place to stay in Knysna, you should look no further. A perfect honeymoon location!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Forest Row, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

We have just spent 2 days at this beautiful place and the experience is one never to forget.

The Villa is superb and the hospitality of the hosts, Ross and Bianca is second to none.

A beautiful breakfast is served up either to your room or the scenic terrace.

Once again, thank you Ross and Bianca and we will see you next year!

Julia and Mike

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

We booked on the basis of the web site. It is clear, accurate and not over-stated. Go for it - you will not be disappointed with neither the accommodation not the hospitality. There is no need to say more, despite the requirement to use at least 200 characters. An unnecessary constraint!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Roeselare, Belgium
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

A great guesthouse to stay – the guesthouse have a beautiful view on the Knysna lagoon
Very friendly + helpful hospitality of the total team – Great place to stay!
We have just spent 2 nights at Villa Africana but our stay was unforgettable. I will certainly recommend this guesthouse to friends.
Ross/Bianca & team thanks.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KnysnaNetwork, Owner at Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Dear idf132948
Thank you for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure making your stay a truly unforgettable one. We are sorry we failed to meet your expectations 100% but looking forward to make it up to you upon your return next year as planned to enjoy more of the area and of Villa Afrikana.

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

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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Additional Information about Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

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 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
#1 Romantic 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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