A Luxury Weekend at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna
Here's a little confession - I've never been to Knysna before. Of course I know about it, and I have friends (whose opinions I trust endlessly) who have been and continue to go back and back and back because they love it so much, but somehow I've never really spend much time in that part of the country. That is, until last month, when I got the chance to stay at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa and let's just say, I FINALLY GET IT. I'VE GOT THE KNYSNA BUG NOW, TOO, GUYS.
The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa is without a doubt one of the loveliest places I've ever stayed - no exaggeration. Set on Thesen Island, the hotel (like most of Knysna) is surrounded by water, and has all the luxuries that you'd expect from a boutique 5 star hotel: An incredible bar, a ridiculously lovely deck (complete with sparkling pool) and of course a spa. But, what makes this special spot so especially special is that the entire hotel was once an old power station, which has been meticulously restored and brought back to life as a truly unique hotel. So, while you're sitting and eating your breakfast you can marvel at the beautiful old machinery around you, or while you're chatting to a friend over a cocktail you might actually be sat in-between the old generators that kept the island running for years. How lovely is that?!
A feature that I LOVED about The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa is the fact that each of the 24 rooms is different from the last, complete with quirky additions from the old power stations like switches on the walls and old pipes running across the ceilings. In a strange way it kinda made me feel like I was sleeping in a beautiful old ship - but without any seasickness, which is always a win.
The hotel is also beautifully unique in that it houses an ever-changing art gallery within its walls. As a heritage building, there's not much that could be altered about the bones of the building itself, but the contrast of the old power station with bright artworks and fun decor is pulled off pretty perfectly. Knysna Fine Arts Gallery displays a changing collection of works by both local and international artists throughout the hotel, and they're all available to buy. Trust me, if my credit card had a higher limit, I would have had more than a couple artworks coming home with me.
It's the kind of hotel where you could happily spend an entire weekend curled up in one of their (ridiculously comfy) suites, just gazing out your window over the water with your favourite human (*cough cough* husband take note *cough cough) because the views really are that beautiful. Getting a little hungry? Both the Gastro Pub and Island Cafe and right there to offer you the most diving food - be sure to try the Eggs Benedict come breakfast time.
But, despite its undeniable loveliness, it would be a shame not to leave the hotel when there's so very much to do in Knysna - in fact, I felt like a weekend was barely long enough to explore it fully. Later this week I'll be sharing my favourite things to do if you've got a weekend in Knysna coming up, including everything from oysters and champagne to bicycles and hiking!
If you're looking for a cheeky little (or long) getaway this year, do yourself a solid and take a trip over to Knysna - if you're situated near an airport, it's just a short drive from George Airport, making it super convenient. I'm already planning my next step at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa, so fingers crossed you'll see me there...