Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa

Blue Collar is white collar at the historic Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa. A time-worn workhorse remodelled into a lady of leisure. A new Knysna classic. A recycled marvel of modernity. This timeless architectural poet has two stories to tell.

A once trusted wood-fired turbine power station, now transformed into luxurious quarters and chic talking point. The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa has been restored to its rightful landmark status on Knysna’s exclusive Thesen Island. Chrome-finished dials and retro pressure gauges complete this unique five-star space, affirming its authentic character. The 26 individually styled rooms and suites surround the central hall where beautifully preserved machinery tells tales of a hard-working past. Muted design is key here.

An undeniable devotion to balance is especially evident at the Amani Spa, where Arabic body rituals unite the four fundamental elements: earth, air, fire and water. Serenity is standard throughout with sundowners and tapas the order of the day. Epicureans will delight in fresh al fresco flavours and the Diners Club Platinum Award winning wine list. Turbine is a memorable tribute to the past – an example of retrofit gone right.


Room Types

Standard Rooms

Each with king-size beds, en suite bathroom, mini bar fridge, air-conditioning and satellite TV.

  • Flat screen 32″ TV plus DVD player with a full DVD library
  • Desk, Telephone plus internet facilities available
  • Fully stocked mini bar
  • Full tea and coffee station

Luxury Room

Each with king-size beds, en-suite bathroom, mini bar fridge, air-conditioning and satellite TV, these spacious rooms include a lounge area.

  • Flat screen 32″ TV plus DVD player with a full DVD library
  • Desk, Telephone plus internet facilities available
  • Fully stocked mini bar
  • Full tea and coffee station as well as a microwave
  • Sleeper couch – 4 only
  • Bar and stools

Honeymoon Suite

A generously spacious suite with lounge and entertaining area, this suite is positioned with impressive vistas of the surrounding water ways.

  • Flat screen 32″ TV plus DVD player with a full DVD library
  • Desk, Telephone plus internet facilities available
  • Fully stocked mini bar
  • Full tea and coffee station as well as a microwave and Ice machine
  • Lounge suite plus bar and stools
  • Double shower and stand alone bath plus bidet

Lagoon Suite

One of two luxurious self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel, the Lagoon Suite has all the hotel’s standard features plus a full open-plan kitchen with microwave, espresso machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as a balcony with lagoon views.

Canal Suite

This is the second self-contained suite opposite the main hotel, the Canal Suite offers guests the same modern comforts as the hotel, along with an open-plan kitchen complete with microwave, espresso machine and fridge/freezer.

Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security & Secure Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Spa
  • Internet Access & Mobile Connectivity
  • Conference Centre & Business Centre
  • Library
  • Gym (nearby)

Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar with Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Complementary Wi-Fi and Internet
  • Satellite/Cable Television
  • Safe
  • Fridge
  • En-Suite with Shower and Dressing Gowns
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Pure Cotton Linen

Available Services

  • Room Service
  • Babysitting Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Room Service (24 hours)

Pontoon Cruises

Motorised Pontoon Barges. For luxury cruises up to 10 people.

Bicycle Hire

The areas pristine forests, mountains and coastal routes make it an unforgettable biking destination.

Kayak Hire

Enjoy the charm and uniqueness of the Knysna lagoon.

Fishing Charters – Lagoon & Deep Sea Fishing

Enjoy some of the best light tackle saltwater fishing along this renowned stretch of coastline. The Knysna Lagoon continues to produce extraordinary large number of Garriek, Shade, White Steenbras, Mussel Cracker, Stumpnose, Blacktail, Rock Cod, Rays and Sharks.

Whale Watching

Travel through the tranquil waters of this picturesque lagoon and out onto the Indian Ocean in search for whales and dolphins, seals, sharks and bird life. As the official whale watching permit holders, we are allowed to approach whales to within 50m, all other vessels to remain 300 m away.

Adventure Activities

  • Kite Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Knysna Forest Tours
  • Guided Canoe Trips
  • Combination Walking/Canoeing & Mountain Biking/Canoeing Trips

Places Nearby




TH 36 Sawtooth Lane ok, Thesen Islands, 6570, Knysna, South Africa


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