KNYSNA, home of the Garden Route’s biggest annual event, the Knysna Oyster Festival which runs from Friday, July 9 to Sunday, July 18 is also home to the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa in the centre of Thesen Island.
Intuitive architecture pays homage to the old power station it once was. Accommodation comprises luxury hotel rooms, standard rooms, a honeymoon suite and two expansive self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel.
Small and intimate, The Turbine is the perfect place to spend a night or two, or even a little longer, during the Knysna Oyster Festival. The quirky five-star boutique hotel is also a dining destination of note – the 90-seater Island Café, with a terrace for al fresco dining and an airy interior with avant-garde décor, offers imaginative breakfasts, light lunches and gourmet dinners daily, while the Gastro Pub with an outside seating area and a snug indoors side with a range of craft beer, craft gin on tap, quality local and coastal wines offers gourmet-style pub food.
The hotel’s Turbine Water Club, arranges a variety of water and land-based activities such as lagoon cruises, forest walks, city tours and bicycle hire.
And if you’re in need of a little pampering, The Turbine Spa with its two single treatment rooms, a treatment room for couples, a Rasul (a steamy Arabian bathing ritual) chamber and a full range of body and beauty treatments for men and women, has just what you need. The Create Your Own package offer allows you to choose any two treatments (30min sports massage (focus area); 30min express mani; 30min express pedi; 30min steam room session) for R399. The spa is open daily from 8am until 7pm. Call 044 302 5746 or email [email protected] to book.
Oyster Festival accommodation specials (valid July 11 to 18)
- Rack: standard R4 740 per room; luxury R5 540 per room; suite R6 320 per room
- One night: less 41% – standard R2 500 per room; luxury R2 800 per room; suite R3 200 per room
- Two night: less 50% – standard R2 200 per room; luxury R2600 per room; suite R3 000 per room
- Midweek Stay 3 Pay 2, Sunday to Thursday: Standard room, stay three nights and only pay for two (R4 680 for the three nights)