The 15 Best Places to Stay in Knysna

The 15 Best Places to Stay in Knysna

Heady escape.

With its eminently photogenic coastline, the Garden Route is unsurprisingly one of the Cape’s major drawcards. Add inordinately friendly locals, a year-round summer-holiday vibe and a clutch of idyllic places to stay, and you have all the makings of a dream vacation.

While many visitors to the area set their sights on the larger seaside resort towns, a recent visit to Knysna left us dazed, amazed and wanting more. From the dense valleys of Rheenendal and the towering cliffs at The Heads to the tropical vegetation of Kanonkop and Simola, Knynsa’s ineluctably magnificent topography makes it the perfect backdrop for any sojourn.

Whether you’re seeking a stylish treetop escape in a lush forest, a boutique bolthole on the cliffs above the dreamy lagoon, or you’d prefer to be ensconced in a private villa away from it all, we’ve got just the place for you.

What are your favourite Knysna moments? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Alkira Lodge

Knysna Accommodation: Alkira Lodge
Knysna Accommodation: Alkira Lodge Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Alkira Lodge Bedroom
Knysna Accommodation: Alkira Lodge Bathroom

Setting Want to see the whole of Knysna without having to leave your private verandah? Look no further than this exquisite villa perched above the bay on Brenton-on-Sea. Hugged in lush fynbos, with the nearest neighbour being a lengthy walk away, this scenic spot is unlike anything you’ve seen before: where modern luxury and nature converge.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the breathtaking vistas in, with warm, contemporary decor and every conceivable creature comfort ensuring your stay at Alkira Lodge is one you will never forget (and most likely will never want to leave). Hands-on host Sam Conyers goes above and beyond to tailor each experience to your desires, and will happily arrange a chef, spa treatments, wilderness excursions and guided snorkelling (to name a few) to ensure your stay is nothing short of magical.

The lodgings

  • 6 bedrooms with king-size beds (can be made into twins)
  • en-suite bathrooms with walk-in rain shower and/or outdoor shower and spa bath
  • private patio leading off of each room
  • indoor fireplaces
  • TV rooms with smart TVs
  • indoor and outdoor lounges
  • fully-stocked bars
  • chef’s kitchen
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • pizza oven
  • indoor and outdoor braais
  • firepit
  • view-drenched outdoor deck with a pool and sun loungers
  • Jacuzzi
  • library
  • helipad
  • outdoor showers
  • complimentary wifi
  • daily concierge and management services
  • inclusive breakfast and dinner each day

Things to do 

  • fine dining and themed meals
  • braais, pizza evenings and picnics
  • swimming pool
  • outdoor Jacuzzi
  • in-villa spa treatments
  • nature walks in surrounding fynbos
  • mountain-biking and cycling
  • Brenton Blue Flag Beach (five minutes away)
  • walk to popular Buffalo Bay along the white sand bay from Brenton Beach
  • snorkelling and boat trips in the Knysna lagoon

Child friendly? Yes, exclusive-use only
Pet friendly? Yes, exclusive-use only (limited to 2 dogs that sleep on their own beds and do not climb on any furniture)
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 13
Cost R5 000 per room per night (depending on season)
R40 000 per night for the lodge (all-inclusive)
Where to find it Private Road off WK Grobler Avenue, Brenton on Sea, Knysna, Western Cape
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Under Milkwood

Knysna Accommodation: Under Milkwood
Knysna Accommodation: Under Milkwood Deck
Knysna Accommodation: Under Milkwood Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Under Milkwood Bedroom

Setting Tucked away under the shade of ancient milkwood trees, on a slice of near-private beach on the edge of the Knysna lagoon, this iconic hideaway is one of the longest-standing lodgings in town. With quiet walkways linking a scattering of wooden chalets and nothing but the sound of birdsong and lapping waves to keep you company, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had landed in paradise. When the tide is low, take a walk along the sandbank towards Leisure Isle. And if you’re after a buzz, East Head Café is within walking distance.
Under Milkwood is the epitome of a relaxing beach holiday, so it’s hardly surprising that the families return year in and year out to relive these ineluctable memories.

The lodgings

  • 15 self-catering wooden chalets with 2 bedrooms each (1 double and 1 twin)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • 1 self-catering wooden chalet with a double bedroom and downstairs bathroom
  • sleeper couch in the living room
  • fully equipped kitchen with Le Creuset cookware and crockery
  • open-plan living room with a TV with select DStv, USB and a DVD player
  • private sundeck and outdoor braai (wood supplied daily)
  • daily servicing
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do 

  • direct access to the beautiful beach where sun loungers are provided
  • swimming in the lagoon
  • walks to Leisure Isle at low tide
  • complimentary kayaks and paddleboards available
  • limited boat moorings (subject to availability and possibility to swing at anchor)
  • board games available at reception
  • library of DVDs available at reception
  • close proximity to the Knysna Heads and surrounding restaurants
  • a short drive from town centre

Good to know Looking for something for the whole family? There are a few surrounding villas offering more space and privacy.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 – 5 per chalet
Cost From R1 300 per night for two people sharing (depending on season and chalet)
Where to find it 13 George Rex Drive, Knysna, Western Cape
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Highacre Garden Farm Cottages

Knysna Accommodation: Highacre Garden Farm Cottages Kitchen
Knysna Accommodation: Highacre Garden Farm Cottages Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Highacre Garden Farm Cottages Bedroom

Setting Far removed from gnarling traffic and prying eyes, this beautiful countryside escape is situated at the end of a quiet road in Rheenendal, flanked by a deep private forest and sweeping farmlands. Passionate owners Daniel Ferreira (or DP as he is affectionately known) and Hannes Stander have turned an old woodcutter’s smallholding into the ultimate romantic garden retreat, showcasing their inimitable sense of style and attention to detail – both of which truly set Highacre apart. A fine-artist himself, Daniel’s works dress the deep-coloured walls, while the impeccable mix of modern and antique furnishings, and spectacularly manicured gardens (landscaped by Hannes himself), make this slice of heaven an absolute must-visit for those who prize style and seclusion.

The lodgings

  • 2 cottages (two-bedroom Forest Cottage and one-bedroom Garden Cottage)
  • queen-size bed in the Forest Cottage, French double bed in the Garden Cottage
  • en-suite bathroom with a deep tub and walk-in rain shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • tea-and coffee-making facilities
  • spacious lounge and dining table
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor private patio with a seating and dining area
  • outdoor braai
  • swinging bench

Things to do 

  • scenic farm and forest walks
  • Goudveld/Millwood private nature reserve nearby
  • multiple relaxation areas in the landscaped garden
  • birdwatching
  • surrounding farm stalls
  • mountain-biking
  • board games and reading material provided
  • restaurants and shops in Knysna (15 minutes away)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, by prior arrangement (the property is not entirely fenced and the owners have dogs)
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 (Garden Cottage)
4 (Forest Cottage)
Cost From R1 540 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it Bibby’s Hoek Road, Rheenendal, Knysna, Western Cape
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Prince of Tides

Knysna Accommodation: Prince of Tides
Knysna Accommodation: Prince of Tides Garden
Knysna Accommodation: Prince of Tides Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Prince of Tides Bedroom

Setting Comfortable furnishings, trickling water features, classy French doors, a stellar location and sweeping views over the estuary and mountains beyond characterise this beautiful villa in the Knysna Heads. From its expansive veranda, you can see the defining banks of Leisure Isle in the foreground, with the glowing town lights beyond and an exceptional front-row seat to scarlet sunsets and the ever-changing tides of the lagoon below. Built on three levels, with three unique outdoor spaces (featuring a lush lawn, outdoor fireplace and sheltered dining pergola), Prince of Tides is a beach house for large families and groups of friends, and those who enjoying holidaying in style.

The lodgings

  • 5 bedrooms (3 of which are en-suite with a bath and shower)
  • 2 shared bathrooms with a shower
  • 1 guest bathroom
  • fully equipped kitchen with a separate scullery and laundry
  • 3 indoor lounge areas
  • spacious open plan dining area
  • flatscreen TV with DStv
  • multiple outdoor relaxation spaces and balconies
  • outdoor Weber braai and built-in undercover braai
  • covered outdoor patio and dining area
  • rim-flow swimming pool
  • billiards table
  • heating
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do 

  • swimming in the private pool and lagoon below
  • football and other games on the lawn
  • billiards table
  • easy beach access
  • fully equipped gym
  • scenic walks and cycling trails
  • short stroll to the popular East Head Cafe (no need to wait for parking)
  • yacht or boat cruises
  • guided snorkelling and kayaking on the lagoon
  • paragliding
  • stand-up paddleboarding
  • homemade breakfast served daily (additional cost)
  • in-house chefs (additional cost)
  • meal delivery service (additional cost)
  • spa treatments (additional cost)
  • concierge and private group activities (additional cost)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 10
Cost From R16 000 per night for the house (depending on season)
Where to find it 5 Horizon Street, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape
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Forest Valley Cottages

Knysna Accommodation: Forest Valley Cottages
Knysna Accommodation: Forest Valley Cottages Setting
Knysna Accommodation: Forest Valley Cottages Jacuzzi
Knysna Accommodation: Forest Valley Cottages Bedroom

Setting On the edge of the Knysna forest, these scenic treetop cottages flaunt unrivalled views of the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains and expansive valley below. The perfect mix of rustic comfort and stylish luxury, the lodgings offer a wonderfully private and intimate escape, allowing you to kick back and simply enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Welcoming host Mark Nel ensures every guest has a truly special experience, adding thoughtful touches such as Lindt chocolates on your pillow, the irresistible scent of fresh jasmine blooms in every corner of the room and a lovely handwritten note wishing guests a fabulous stay, which was not hard to do given all of the above.

The lodgings

  • 8 valley-facing cottages each sleeping 2 or 4 (Birdsong, Gorgeous Olive, Glory Dawn, Wild Iris, Blue Sky, Sandstone, Earth Rose, Lavender Edge)
  • 1 bedroom with a queen-size bed
  • open-plan couple’s shower
  • outdoor Jacuzzi or indoor spa tub
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchenette
  • spacious lounge area
  • flatscreen TV with DStv
  • Nespresso machine
  • portable fan or air conditioning (dependent on unit)
  • private deck with seating
  • hammock, swing chair or loungers
  • outdoor wood braai or gas Weber
  • daily housekeeping service

Things to do 

  • Jacuzzi
  • forest walks
  • scenic picnics
  • boat rides on the Knysna Lagoon
  • 15-minute drive from the centre of town with restaurants, bars and shops
  • nearby Blue Flag beaches

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage
Cost From R2 275 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it Rheenendal Ramble 6km from N2, Highway, Knysna
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Beacon House

Knysna Accommodation: Beacon House
Knysna Accommodation: Beacon House Deck
Knysna Accommodation: Beacon House Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Beacon House Bedroom

Setting Those looking for a luxe self-catering stay will be in seventh heaven at this shore-hugging property on the edge of The Heads. Home to four apartments and two jaw-dropping penthouses, Beacon House is a fully equipped home, boasting spacious interiors, modern amenities and spectacular vistas of bobbing yachts and awe-inspiring sunsets beyond. If falling asleep to the sounds of crashing waves, contemplating the horizon on your private sea-facing balcony, and having access to this unrivalled setting (that’s central but also hidden away from the hustle and bustle), you’ll be in your element at this seaside escape.

The lodgings

  • 6 apartments (4 three-bedroom; 2 full bathroom apartments and 2 four-bedroom en-suite penthouses on two levels)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • bar counter
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • TV lounge with a smart TV
  • sea-facing outdoor patio with a dining area and sun loungers
  • outdoor Weber braai
  • outdoor Jacuzzi (penthouse 6 only)
  • indoor gas fireplace
  • heating and air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • lift access and security boom
  • wheelchair access

Things to do 

  • surrounding walking trails along the Knysna Heads
  • East Head Café right in front of Beacon House
  • guided snorkelling and kayaking on the lagoon (or bring your own canoe)
  • swimming in the lagoon
  • surrounding golf courses
  • in-house tour of the lagoon on a speed boat
  • hiking and mountain-biking in nearby nature reserves
  • stand-up paddleboarding
  • Gastronomic Township Tours with local suppliers
  • paragliding

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6 – 8 per unit
Cost From R3 000 per night for two people sharing (depending on season and number of guests)
Where to find it 34 George Rex Drive, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape
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Kanonkop House

Knysna Accommodation: Kanonkop House
Knysna Accommodation: Kanonkop House Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Kanonkop House Bedroom
Knysna Accommodation: Kanonkop House Bathroom

Setting Perched atop a lagoon-facing hill in the quiet suburb of Kanonkop, this tranquil guesthouse is characterised by a sense of peace and privacy, with contemporary decor and lush greenery adding to its appeal. On entering, guests are greeted by a manicured garden and welcoming host Liesl Rentzke, who is on hand to assist you with anything you require during your stay. As a family home, passion and heart is evident in every corner, but its the extraordinary view from the front suites – of your own private forest and the blue lagoon beyond – that knocks this property out of the park. Although conveniently located just five minutes from the main road, you’d never think you were close to the centre of town, given the sense of seclusion.

The lodgings

  • 7 private suites, each sleeping 2 (Selwyn, Diamond, Paradise, Sunbird, Forest, Sivuyile and No Matata)
  • en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower
  • tea-and-coffee making facilities
  • seating area and desk
  • private patio and outdoor seating
  • heating and ceiling fans
  • shared outdoor lounge, swimming pool, sundeck, terrace and bar
  • soon-to-be-completed forest boma and sunset deck
  • complimentary wifi
  • 24-hour concierge service

Things to do 

  • inclusive breakfast served each morning
  • in-house spa treatments
  • complimentary drinks and sundowners each afternoon and evening
  • surrounding Blue Flag beaches
  • nearby hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • cycling along the quiet Kanonkop residential roads
  • water activities on the Knysna Lagoon
  • five-minute drive from town centre, with restaurants and shops

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per suite (with the option of an extra single bed for a third person)
Cost From R2 250 per night per person sharing (depending on season and suite type), includes breakfast and all beverages
Where to find it 6 Cuthbert Street, Kanonkop, Knysna, Western Cape
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Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage

Knysna Accommodation: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage
Knysna Accommodation: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage Patio
Knysna Accommodation: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage Dining Room
Knysna Accommodation: Leisure Isle Seaside Cottage Lounge

Setting If you’re after a classic seaside holiday – quiet roads lined with quaint cottages, lawns strewn with bicycles and towels laying out to dry and the relaxing sound of lapping waves… you’ve come to the right place. Leisure Isle’s overwhelming sense of calm and safety is, after its waterside location, the drawcard, providing holidaymakers and residents peace of mind and freedom to take advantage of the surroundings.
Accommodation comes in various sizes and shapes, all within close proximity to one another. Seaside Cottage, right on the water’s edge, is one such spot, with tasteful decor and comfortable furnishings providing the space to kick back and relax after a day spent out on the lagoon.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (2 with king-size beds, and 1 with a bunk bed and 2 single beds)
  • spacious lounge with a smart TV, Netflix and Spotify
  • fully equipped kitchen and dining area
  • indoor and outdoor fireplaces
  • private patio with a braai and outdoor dining area
  • tea-and coffee-making facilities
  • beautifully manicured garden
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do 

  • direct beach access
  • swimming in the lagoon
  • complimentary kayaks and bicycles
  • scenic walks
  • quaint cafés on Leisure Isle
  • birdwatching in nearby Steenbok Nature Reserve
  • walks along the sand to The Heads when the tide is low

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 8
Cost From R2 000 per night for the cottage (depending on season)
Where to find it 29 Cearn Drive, Leisure Island, Knysna, Western Cape
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11 Horizon Views

Knysna Accommodation: 11 Horizon Views
Knysna Accommodation: 11 Horizon Views Pool Deck
Knysna Accommodation: 11 Horizon Views Patio
Knysna Accommodation: 11 Horizon Views Bedroom

Setting This sun-soaked six-bedroom home is the perfect place to enjoy a classic beach holiday in style. Perched on the slopes of the magical Knysna Heads, 11 Horizon Views most certainly lives up to its name, offering views of the sparkling lagoon, all the way to the majestic Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. Inside, an array of creature comforts and modern amenities create a sought-after sense of sumptuousness, while private sea-facing verandas and decks offer an ideal stage for scenic sundowners and family braais. What’s more, the very central location means you can stroll down to the shore or pop in to nearby restaurants.

The lodgings

  • 6 bedrooms (includes a 1 bedroom apartment)
  • 1 shared family bathroom
  • 4 en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower
  • 1 guest toilet
  • full indoor and outdoor bathroom in the apartment
  • 3 outdoor showers
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • bar
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • smart TV with Netflix and YouTube
  • multiple outdoor relaxation spaces and sea-facing patios
  • outdoor gas braai and built-in undercover braai using wood or charcoal
  • outdoor dining area with a patio heater
  • rim-flow solar-heated plunge pool
  • heating and fans
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do 

  • swimming in the private plunge pool and lagoon
  • walk to nearby beaches and local eateries
  • surrounding cycling and walking trails
  • yacht and boat cruises
  • guided snorkelling and kayaking on the lagoon
  • paragliding
  • stand-up paddleboarding
  • shops and restaurants in town centre, only a short drive away
  • whale-watching
  • kite-surfing
  • homemade breakfast served daily (additional cost)
  • in-house chefs (additional cost)
  • meal delivery service (additional cost)
  • spa treatments (additional cost)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 10 – 14
Cost R10 000 per night for 8 – 10 people (minimum two-night stay)
R12 000 (includes apartment) for 11 – 12 people (minimum two-night stay)
R14 000 for 13 – 14 people (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it 11 Horizon Street, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape
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Woodlands Country Retreat

Knysna Accommodation: Woodlands Country Retreat
Knysna Accommodation: Woodlands Country Retreat Deck
Knysna Accommodation: Woodlands Country Retreat Tiny House
Knysna Accommodation: Woodlands Country Retreat Interior

Setting Part of the appeal of booking a stay in the fantastical Rheenendal Valley is knowing that you will be completely  immersed in nature and surrounded by unbelievable views. At Woodlands Country Retreat, you’re guaranteed all this and more. Host Julie Bryden and her family have turned their spectacular slice of land into a heavenly hideout, home to seven lovely cottages. Take a walk through the towering king protea-lined pathways, or simply relax on your private deck as you listen to the soporific sounds of birdsong – no matter how you spend your time here, deep relaxation is a given.

The lodgings

  • 4 cottages, divided into 2 open plan one-bedroom units (Protea and Pincushion), and 2 two-bedroom units (Loerie and Owl)
  • one-bedroom tiny house (The Nest)
  • king-size bed (can be made into twins)
  • en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower
  • spacious seating area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • tea-and coffee-making facilities
  • flatscreen TV with DStv
  • private forest-facing deck with a dining table, hammocks and floating braai
  • heating and air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do 

  • private forest walking trail
  • indigenous garden
  • plant nursery at the entrance
  • shared braai area and fire-pit overlooking the pond
  • kids’ playground
  • birdwatching
  • restaurants, swimming beaches and shops a 15-minute drive away

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? By prior arrangement
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 – 4 per unit
Cost From R800 per unit per night (depending on season and unit type)
Where to find it Rheenendal Road, Knysna, Western Cape
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Shufflers Villa

Knysna Accommodation: Shufflers Villa
Knysna Accommodation: Shufflers Villa Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Shufflers Villa Bedroom
Knysna Accommodation: Shufflers Villa Bathroom

Setting Tucked away in a private fynbos nature reserve overlooking the entire town below, this three-bedroom escape sits in what is perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of Knysna above Brenton-on-Sea. Located a short stroll from Alkira Lodge, this scenic property (part of the same umbrella) offers an entirely separate and private experience to that of the main house. Absolute relaxation and endless views are a given, while the three expertly designed en-suite bedrooms, a private pool, fully equipped living area and view-drenched deck mean you will never want to leave. Want to enjoy a meal in the comfort of your own space? A private chef can be arranged, as well as a slew of activities for those wanting to get out and explore the area.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms with queen-size beds
  • en-suite bathrooms with a walk-in shower
  • outdoor showers
  • fully equipped kitchen with a separate scullery and laundry
  • open-plan lounge with a smart TV
  • indoor and outdoor lounges
  • private patio leading off each room
  • indoor fireplaces
  • private garden with a swimming pool and sun loungers
  • shaded patio with outdoor seating
  • Jacuzzi
  • outdoor braai
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • daily breakfast

Things to do 

  • nature walks in surrounding fynbos
  • mountain-biking and cycling
  • Brenton Blue Flag beach five minutes away
  • snorkelling and boat trips on the Knysna lagoon
  • in-house chefs (additional cost)
  • meal delivery service (additional cost)
  • South African Braai Master (additional cost)
  • spa treatments (additional cost)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly?  Yes, (limited to 2 dogs that sleep on their own beds and do not climb on any furniture).
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6
Cost R18 000 per night for the villa (depending on season)
Where to find it Private Road off WK Grobler Avenue, Brenton on Sea, Knysna, Western Cape
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Head Over Hills

Knysna Accommodation: Head Over Hills
Knysna Accommodation: Head Over Hills Setting
Knysna Accommodation: Head Over Hills Deck
Knysna Accommodation: Head Over Hills Bedroom

Setting As if floating among The Heads on an invisible string, this lagoonside escape offers some of the best views around from its infinity pool that seems to drift off into, well, infinity. Driving up a steep hill, only to veer right down towards the edge of The Heads, you feel as though you are embarking on a fantasy ship, where nothing but uninterrupted views of the sparkling lagoon fills your vision. The aptly named Head Over Hills makes you do just that – fall head over heels for The Heads, and all of Knysna, actually – with just one glance over the bay from the deck. The warm service, thoughtful additions and comfortable lodgings only add to the setting, of course.

The lodgings

  • 4 Suites (Elephant, Captain’s, Seahorse and Whale) and 4 Deluxe Rooms (Viewpoint, Pansy Shell, Dolphin and Oyster)
  • king-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and/or shower
  • luxurious spa bath and sauna in Elephant Suite
  • private sea-facing patio
  • stocked Smeg minifridge
  • in-room seating and desk area
  • tea-and coffee-making facilities
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace (in select suites)
  • TV with full DStv bouquet
  • communal dining area and spacious lounge
  • infinity swimming pool and sun loungers on the deck
  • heating and air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • 24-hour concierge service

Things to do 

  • on-site treatment room
  • private tastings of local wines in the on-site wine cellar
  • complimentary breakfast served each morning
  • lunch and dinner served on request (at an additional cost)
  • surrounding restaurants and cafés
  • nearby golf courses
  • scenic walks
  • swimming in the lagoon
  • yacht or boat cruises

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years and over (unless booking out the entire property for exclusive use)
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per suite/ room
Cost From R4 200 per room per night (depending on season and room type), includes breakfast
Where to find it 22 Glen View Drive, Coney Glen, Knysna
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Hotel-View House

Knysna Accommodation: Hotel-View-House
Knysna Accommodation: Hotel-View- House Interior
Knysna Accommodation: Hotel-View- House Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Hotel-View- House Bedroom

Setting This incredible five-star villa oozes luxe comfort paired with a seductive sense of privacy and seclusion. Tucked away on Simola Country & Golf Estate at the very top of Knysna, overlooking rolling hills and the ocean beyond, this self-catering hideaway is kitted out with with everything you need for a faultlessly luxurious stay plus jaw-dropping views, making it ideal for those seeking a self-contained Garden Route getaway.

The lodgings

  • 5 bedrooms with king-size extra-length beds
  • en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bath and/or walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious open-plan lounge
  • 12-seater dining area
  • TV lounge with a Smart TV
  • entertainment (cigar) lounge
  • private gym
  • walk-in wine cellar
  • outdoor garden with an infinity pool
  • shaded patio with a gas braai and dining area
  • indoor fireplaces
  • heating and air conditioning
  • shared outdoor lounge, swimming pool, sundeck, terrace and bar
  • complimentary wifi
  • 4 secure garages
  • daily housekeeping
  • security boom and guards into estate

Things to do 

  • swimming in the private pool
  • golf in the surrounding estate
  • scenic nature walks
  • surrounding mountain-biking trails
  • catering available on request
  • nearby shops and restaurants
  • Blue Flag Buffalo Bay a short drive away
  • water sports on the Knysna lagoon

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 10
Cost From R1 550 per night person sharing (depending on season)
Where to find it 27 Old Cape Road, Simola Golf & Country Estate, Knysna, Western Cape
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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

Knysna Accommodation: The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Knysna Accommodation: The Lofts Boutique Hotel Deck
Knysna Accommodation: The Lofts Boutique Hotel Setting
Knysna Accommodation: The Lofts Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Setting Accessible only via a resident’s keycard, Thesen Island is more than just a secure gated community; in addition to a sprinkling of modern homes on the water, the island is home to an array of good restaurants and a bustling waterfront.
The Lofts is a refurbished 100-year-old boat-building shed, now part of Cape Country Routes,  where contemporary furnishings, a slew of on-site attractions and modern amenities – not to mention sweeping views of the Knysna Lagoon all the way to The Heads and beyond – are the cherry on top of a central stay without fuss.

The lodgings

  • 7 Exclusive Lagoon Suites, 5 Luxury Loft Rooms and 6 Luxury Self-Catering Suites
  • extra-length king-size bed (can be made into twins)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and/or shower
  • private sea-facing patio
  • minibar on request
  • in-room seating
  • tea-and coffee-making facilities
  • TV with select DStv
  • kitchenette in self-catering suites
  • communal dining area and spacious lounge
  • swimming pool and sun loungers on the deck
  • heating and air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • concierge service

Things to do 

  • Lofts Atrium with a café, spa and shops
  • île de païn bakery
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view
  • Rawganics for organic snacks, juices and ingredients
  • jewellery, clothing, interior furniture and décor shops
  • surrounding restaurants
  • waterfront marina attractions
  • lagoon excursions

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost From R1 291 per suite per night (depending on season and suite type), includes breakfast
Where to find it The Boatshed, Thesen Islands, Knysna, Western Cape
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Cliffhanger Cottages

Knysna Accommodation: Cliffhanger Cottages
Knysna Accommodation: Cliffhanger Cottages Lounge
Knysna Accommodation: Cliffhanger Cottages Bathroom
Knysna Accommodation: Cliffhanger Cottages Bedroom

Setting Perched on the edge of a cliff, overlooking treed hills and the indigenous Knysna forest below, these two elevated log cabins offer a wonderful sense of seclusion and uninterrupted valley views. With the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop, and a private deck to soak up the beauty of every sunrise and sunset, this escape is a true hidden gem. Passionate owners Barry and Ingrid Young are intent on preserving the natural environment and have taken a number of steps to achieve that end, such as harvesting rainwater, the use of nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning products and efforts to eradicate alien vegetation.

The lodgings

  • 2 forest-facing cottages (Cliffhanger and Cliffedge)
  • 1 bedroom with an extra-length queen-size bed
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living room and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • large glass windows throughout
  • private balcony with a seating area and Weber braai
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do 

  • sundowners on the private deck
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • nearby Knysna Lagoon
  • explore the Millwood Forest
  • Buffalo Bay (a blue-flag beach)
  • restaurants and shops in Knysna (15 minutes away)

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost From R1 650 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it The Surfboard, 29 Rheenendal Road, Knysna
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Time of publication: 15 September 2021