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The Turbine Hotel & Spa

Garden Route, South Africa

The Turbine Hotel is situated on Thesen Island, in the scenic Knysna Lagoon. Thesen Island is linked by a causeway and bridge to the mainland, and is within easy walking distance of the scenic waterfront, yacht harbor and town of Knysna.

At a Glance

  • Hire a kayak and explore the lagoon

  • Enjoy a dozen celebrated Knysna oysters straight from the tidal lagoon

  • Take a picnic and explore the ancient forests around Knysna

  • Watch Southern Right Whales from the Knysna Heads

  • Visit The Turbine's Amani Spa and enjoy a relaxing treatment

Fishing, Beach, Couples, Family

Insider's View

Dine by candlelight at the Thyssen table, sandwiched between two gigantic turbines!

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Insider's View

Take a ferry trip on the lagoon to the edge of the ocean for some whale watching!

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Insider's View

Children will love the playground while their parents enjoy the pizza restaurant, Col Cacchio

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to The Turbine Hotel & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route


The Turbine Hotel has been born out of an ambitious project to redevelop Knysna's old power station into a very unique boutique hotel. Much of the old machinery has been restored and incorporated into the architecture and interiors of the hotel. The Turbine Hotel intelligently creates a blend between the functional and industrial fabric of the building, with all of the luxuries one could wish for in a boutique hotel.

Just twenty-five suites make up the accommodation. Each room has been crafted individually, all are en-suite with separate baths and showers and his and hers vanities.

Set in the sheltered Knysna lagoon, The Turbine is surrounded by water on three sides, creating a marina atmosphere unlike that found in other areas of the Garden Route. Knysna itself is a short walk from The Turbine, the small town boasts a great selection of restaurants and bars. Approximately 15 minutes drive to the east of Knysna are the fantastic beaches of Plettenberg Bay.


The Turbine offers a varied choice of accommodation options: 17 suites, six luxury suites and a honeymoon suite. For those who prefer a self-catering option, the Water Club apartment is an excellent choice. The rooms all have individual decor, a spacious king bed and air-conditioning. The en-suite has both a shower and bath.


There are two restaurants at The Turbine; The Tapas Bar, serving light meals, and The Island Cafe, offering a la carte dining. Three bar areas in different settings around the hotel offer Guests a variety of options to enjoy a coffee or drink whilst taking in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area.

The Turbine Deli & Oyster bar is located at the Turbine Water Club, it is a relaxed environment offering quality local produce, Knysna's tidal lagoon is famous for its oyster beds.


The Turbine Water Club is the location from which Knysna activities, including boat cruises, fishing and whale watching can be organized.

Knysna is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all the Garden Route has to offer, whether that be on the Indian Ocean or in the dramatic landscapes that dominate this part of South Africa.

Location & Directions

Garden Route, South Africa

The Turbine Hotel in Knysna is situated on Thesen Island which is considered one of the most the prestigious locations on the Garden Route.

When to go

Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces the Garden Route coast with its massive presence.

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