The entire Garden Route, including gorgeous Knysna, is one of South Africa’s most idyllic and perennially popular holiday destinations. It’s the perfect playground for nature lovers, adventure seekers and adrenalin junkies, golfers, food lovers, honeymooners and families. There really is a huge amount for everyone to enjoy. Exclusive Getaways recommends some fine stays in Knysna that offer beautiful settings for a luxurious yet informal holiday.

Elephant Hide of Knysna

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Elephant Hide of Knysna is set above Knysna’s beautiful lagoon in the Garden Route National Park, and offers luxurious, African-themed guest accommodation. The lodge is surrounded by mountains, beaches, lakes, the Knysna Forests, and abundant fynbos. Nine private suites are furnished with all the comforts required for a luxurious yet informal holiday.  Some of the suites have views of the lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains beyond, whilst others are set amid the fynbos. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool and a sundeck with spectacular views. The lodge welcomes families and is also pet-friendly, requiring advance arrangements for pets. Mail us.

Head Over Hills

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Head over Hills is an exclusive and award-winning holiday retreat on the Garden Route, idyllically situated on the cliff edge of the Knysna Heads. This retreat offers a unique and spectacular setting for a breakaway, close to Knysna’s many attractions. Extraordinarily majestic views are maximized from a central rimflow pool, and from private decks equipped with comfy loungers. Whale and dolphin sightings are not uncommon! Luxurious and well equipped suites have sea or lagoon views. Head over Hills is a great base base for golfers, who will benefit from the hotel’s partnership with Pezula Championship Course. Simola, Goose Valley, Fancourt and Pinnacle Point are all in close proximity. Mail us.

Kanonkop House

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Kanonkop House has pride of place in Knysna, offering breathtaking views of the Knysna lagoon and Heads, and the indigenous forests sheltering loeries and bush buck. Enjoy warm service from a family-run boutique establishment, and outstanding accommodation in guest rooms and suites featuring king-size beds, original artwork and family antiques, and alluring sundecks. Mail us.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa

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The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa is a chic conversion of an old power station on Knysna’s picturesque Thesen Islands.  The machinery of the power station has been integrated into the decor to create a totally unique ‘look’. Some hotel spaces serve as  informal art galleries. There are 24 luxurious bedrooms and suites, some with balconies and some with gardens, and two self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel. Facilities include The Turbine Spa, the trendy Island Café and Tapas Bar and the gourmet Gastro Pub. Both eateries overlook the canal. There is also a pool deck, and a motorized pontoon for sunset lagoon cruises. Mail us.

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