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French Lodge International
You can’t miss this place with its mini Eiffel Tower in the garden. Rooms are in luxurious thatched-roof rondavels (round hut with a conical roof) or apartments set around the pool, with satellite TV and bathrooms with Jacuzzis...
This excellent, five-star budget option, YHA-affiliated and award-winning, is owner-run and it shows. There’s a great bar area with satellite TV, yet you can still find peace and quiet in the large grounds.
A traditional and sumptuously decorated guest house, Yellowwood boasts a lovely garden setting and views of the lagoon. See if you can grab the one room with air-con.
This is the area’s most luxurious place, about 10km from the town centre, and has three 18-hole golf courses (two designed by Gary Player). The hotel and country club has a range of top-notch accommodation options, a health spa and five restaurants.
Point Village Hotel
The quirky, fake lighthouse on this well-priced hotel’s exterior is a sign of what’s inside: a range of fun, funky, bright rooms and exceptionally friendly service. Rooms have a kitchenette and some have balconies.
The Graywood Hotel
Still with its locomotive theme, this hotel has been refurbished and is much improved. It now has decent-sized rooms, set around a leafy pool area. There’s disabled access.
Protea Hotel Mossel Bay
Part of the Protea chain, this is a classy hotel set in the old post-office building. Its restaurant, Café Gannet , has a large seafood, meat and pizza menu.
The position of this converted train, right beside the beach, can’t be beaten, but the compartments are undeniably cramped. There’s an attached bar-restaurant, with a very large menu (mains R40 to R125).
Inyathi Guest Lodge
This is an imaginatively designed guesthouse, with a real African flair that avoids the kitsch. Accommodation is in decorated timber lodges – some with Victorian bath tubs, others with stained-glass windows.
Nothing is too far from the sea in Wilderness, but this delightful guesthouse has direct access to the beach. All rooms are sea-facing and from July to November you might spot whales from the comfort of your bed.
Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
Rooms are tastefully decorated at this stylish hotel. It has an inviting, heated pool and is moments away from shopping and eating options at the Waterfront. You’ll want a lagoon-facing room.
The Plettenberg Hotel
Built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas, this five-star place is pure decadence, with fantastic rooms, a spa and a top-class restaurant.
An impressive collection of luxury guest cottages, some with lagoon views, in a garden setting. There is also a restaurant serving regional and international dishes.
A total overhaul has turned this into a great backpacker hostel whose focal point is the bar and deck with views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. One of the dorms is en suite and has its own kitchen.
The Point Hotel
This modern hotel boasts a spectacular location, right above the wave-pounded rocks at the Point. There’s a decent restaurant and the spacious rooms have balconies with ocean views.
Outeniqua Travel Lodge
It’s a way from the centre, but this is a great budget option with en-suite rooms in a quiet, residential area. Staff are friendly and can arrange activities.
Knysna Log Inn
The Knysna Log Inn is said to be the largest log structure in the southern hemisphere. The rooms are comfortable and there’s a pool, but the wood theme is a bit overwhelming.
You’ll find mainly double rooms at this large, spruce Victorian house on the hill a few blocks up from Main St. It tends to be quieter and more relaxing than other places and there’s a free breakfast.
Albergo For Backpackers
Well-run and friendly, Albergo can organise just about any activity in the area. The upstairs dorm has huge windows and stellar ocean views from the balcony.
Laguna Grove Holiday Rentals
Situated on the Knysna Lagoon front, Laguna Grove Holiday Rentals offers fully-equipped apartments with panoramic views. Downtown Knysna is just a 10-minute walk away...
The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Situated at the tip of Thesens Island, Lofts Boutique Hotel offers uniquely themed accommodation and extensive spa treatments with an outdoor swimming pool. All with stunning views of Knysna Lagoon...
St. James Of Knysna
Located on a 3 acre estate, this property offers luxury rooms with lagoon views, 2 swimming pools and a landscaped garden. It is 15 minutes’ drive from Pezula Golf Club. St...