This five-star pied-à-terre on Thesen Islands in South Africa packs a lot into a relatively modest footprint. The dynamic space – beautifully converted from an old power station – combines an industrial aesthetic with the upscale flourishes common in today’s best boutique accommodations. In this case, think lovingly restored machinery and steel pillars rubbing shoulders with silk furnishings in aquatic hues, and evocative Clinton Friedman photo prints. Funky but functional, this unique décor makes for a unique stay. Choose from 17 standard room, six luxury rooms, a honeymoon suite and two stand-alone suites.
Luxury holidays at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa
Luxurious amenities grace each accommodation, from flat screen TVs and minibars to tea & coffee stations and wifi. Following the signature industrial theme, exposed masonry and vast, whitewashed walls contrast the playful décor with a hard edge. Attention to small details – such as matching the colours of dining chairs to the bright blues, greens and oranges in which the pipes and machines are painted – ties the overall design together. The only match for such exquisite interiors are inspiring views. Look no further; this Knysna hotel has you covered for wonderful waterfront and sweeping countryside outlooks.
Things to do at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa
From food and adventure to wellness, leisure time can be as laidback or upbeat as you wish at this quirky-cool South Africa hideaway. Turbine Waterclub is your go-to for pontoon cruises on Knsyna Lagoon, chartered fishing trips, whale watching and kayaking. On land, there are forest tours and you can hire bikes, too. As for the food and drink at The Turbine Boutique, fine a la carte fare is the name of the game at 90-seater Island café, while Gastro Pub is on hand for dinner and drinks while watching the match. But what South Africa holiday would be complete without a spot of real pampering? Reboot and refresh at onsite Turbine Spa – one of the best on the Garden Route – with massages, facials, and nourishing treatments at the Rhassoul Steam Room.