From power station to five-star boutique hotel – that’s The Turbine!

by Tia

Arguably one of the most unusual hotels in South Africa – The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa situated on Knysna’s picturesque Thesen Islands, transformed from an old power station into the luxurious five star boutique hotel that it is today – is a fascinating blend of history and innovation.

Its accommodation – standard and luxury rooms, a honeymoon suite and two self- catering suites adjacent to the hotel – comes with all the luxury amenities: large showers, separate baths, luxuriously comfy beds, plus original artworks by local South African artists on the walls, that are for sale. There are two amazing Accommodation Packages -– the top selling 2 – Night ‘Pamper Package’ (per couple R5 500 per room) – Bed & Breakfast, Spa treatment per couple and a bottle of house wine at Dinner and the 3 – Night ‘Pamper Package’ (per couple R6 600 per room) – Bed & Breakfast, Spa treatment per couple and Romantic Dinner per couple – valid to 30 June 2024, use booking code PAM 2 or PAM 3.

The Turbine Spa one of the finest on the Garden Route, is a blissful sanctuary for the ultimate in pampering and offers guests a wide variety of relaxing treatments from massages to facials – there are daily Spa Specials available.

And then, there’s the food! – food, glorious food… and music

  • at the laid-back Gastro Pub, open daily from lunch until late, with an outdoor seating area, a snug indoors, a full range of craft ales, wines and spirits and a great pub menu. There’s Happy Hour, every Friday and also Live Music from 18:30 till 20h30 and at end March there’s the first of the all-new Open Mic Nights and for an evening of trivia, good food and laughter there’s the monthly Quiz nights on Thursdays;
  • at the 90-seater Island Café where food-lovers can expect delectable menus for breakfasts, light lunches and gourmet dinners, daily half price on all coffees from 7am till 9am, daily Blackboard Specials, a fabulous wine list with the top wines from all over the Cape, Easter Lunch with Live Music and the monthly food and pairings on the last Thursday of every month (except December) – the line-up includes:

Keep an eye on the Turbine’s social media pages for the Island Café’s daily promos and to stay up to date with all the latest promos and flash specials.  

Festivals and Local Events :
Keep an eye open for more info on the Turbine’s Honey Festival – celebrating all things honey. Other local events include the Knysna Motor Show at Thesen Harbour Town on Sunday 28 April , the Knysna Speed Festival form 2 to 5 May, and the Knysna Oyster Festival 2024 from 21 to 30 June.

There’s no better place than the Turbine Boutique Hotel for a coastal break!

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