We’d arrived via plane and automobile; the SAA Airlink flight from Cape Town to George is short and sweet and the drive through Sedgefield and Wilderness is timelessly pretty.
Turbine is a suitable home base for your weekend in Knysna. Surrounded by canals and holiday homes, the area has a number of high-end boutiques, restaurants and a motorcycle museum close by. The Knysna Waterfront, filled with more (expensive) shops and restaurants alongside a yacht marina, is a short walk away.
Accommodation comprises luxury and standard rooms, a honeymoon suite, and two self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel. The rooms have been worked around the existing structure so they’re all different in shape and size, and individually decorated within certain themes. Mine was Room 111, The Elephant Room - a nod to the animals which once roamed in this region in abundance.
Dining options at the hotel include the Island Café Restaurant and the Gastro Pub for casual meals indoors and outside, as well as craft beers, wines and cocktails.
The deck has an infinity pool and is a lovely place to have your meals, which we did a couple of times.