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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

KNYSNA | WESTERN CAPE The Lofts Boutique Hotel, Thesen Islands, Knysna, South Africa

Considered one of the most scenic places in South Africa, Knysna on the Garden Route is a pretty town built along the edge of the Knysna Estuary, a lagoon that leads out into the ocean through the iconic Knysna ‘Heads’. In the centre of the lagoon, connected to the mainland via a Venetian-style bridge, lies the exclusive Thesen Island incorporating Thesen Harbour Town, where visitors will find an array of restaurants, charming shops, and The Lofts Boutique Hotel.

Located at the water’s edge, The Lofts Boutique Hotel is set within the remodelled, whitewashed timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed. The building’s original architecture and heritage has been carefully preserved and restored, while giving it a modern and luxurious look and feel.

At the heart of the hotel is the Lofts Atrium where the building’s history is most evident – a large, industrial yet cosy space with the original trusses remaining exposed in the towering ceiling. Here guests can enjoy a cocktail and something to nibble on from the sweet and savoury snacks counter, or the space can be converted to host special events.

Luxury accommodation options at The Lofts Boutique Hotel include exclusive lagoon suites overlooking the water, north-facing luxury loft rooms with balconies and sun loungers, and self-catering double-storey apartments that have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and a kitchen. All guest rooms have been individually decorated in warm hues and soft fabrics to create inviting, comfortable spaces to relax.

Another inviting space in which to relax is the Le Spa Tranquille also located within the original boatshed building, overlooking the lagoon. The spa offers a full range of pampering treatments including rejuvenating shower scrubs and body wraps, and indulgent facilities such as a hydrotherapy jet bath and sauna. Guest can also unwind before or after their treatment on the pool deck enjoying the lagoon views.

The more energetic can paddle a canoe out on the lagoon, or hire a bicycle to meander around Thesen Harbour Town and stop to browse at quaint shops or grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. Knysna offers visitors plenty of things to do, from taking a brewery tour to a craft beer factory, to whale watching, going on a tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve, or a highly recommended sunset cruise to see the Knysna Heads. There are also sailing or surfing lessons on offer, world-class golf courses, and nature destinations such as the Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.

As part of the breakfast offering at The Lofts Boutique Hotel, guests can choose from four different restaurants on Thesen Harbour Town including the wonderfully aromatic il de pain café and bakery next to the hotel.

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