Turbine Hotel & Spa is situated on Thesen Island in Knysna, a 6 hour’s drive from Cape Town, 60 km away from George, and a 3 hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. Whether you choose to drive all the way from Cape Town, or whether you choose to fly to George or Port Elizabeth, and then rent a car, look to arrive at Turbine Hotel & Spa sometime around lunchtime, to fully take advantage of your first day in Knysna.
Visit the Knysna Heads Viewpoint
Located at the end of Coney Glen Road, on the Eastern Knysna Head, this magnificent viewpoint presents jaw-dropping coastal vistas. As you slowly stroll along the contoured cliff-edge pathway, take in views of the entire Knysna lagoon, the stormy “mouth” of the heads below, and the lush western head.
Set out on a sunset cruise
The Turbine Water Club is the designated Adventure Centre at Turbine Hotel & Spa. From here, you can arrange a leisurely cruise on the Knysna Lagoon to watch the sun go down, and to admire the Knysna Heads from a different, yet equally spectacular angle. Our two motorised pontoon barges seat up to 10 people comfortably.
Dinner at the Island Cafe
The 90-seater Island Café at Turbine Hotel & Spa is one of the most popular restaurants in Knysna, and for good reason. Inside, tables are nestled between the original turbines, which have been lovingly restored to create a retro feel. Large sliding doors create an airy interior, and lead out onto a lovely terrace, which overlooks the canal – a secluded setting perfect for al fresco dining.

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