Discover The Lofts Boutique Hotel in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon.
Knysna in is the centre of The Garden Route. Thesen Island is in the centre of the Knysna Estuary and The Lofts Boutique Hotel is in the centre of it all. What better way to enjoy Knysna than a stay on an island, located not only in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon, but also in a Blue Flag Marina in the very centre of Knysna?
The unique location of this Boutique Hotel on Thesen Harbour Town sets the tone for a tranquil, revitalising, relaxing and refreshing stay on the island. Driving over the venetian style bridge you are transported to the world of nature, lending an invisible and intangible flavour to your holiday experience at The Lofts Boutique Hotel.
Set within the remodelled timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed, the hotel rooms take one's breath away with their industrial refurbishment and design. This fresh, smart-casual approach is far from the ordinary, and caters well to every desire. Multiple room options are presented in various styles:
Exclusive Lagoon Suites
Luxury Loft Suites
Luxury Units with Self-catering Facilities
The accommodation consists of 7 Exclusive Lagoon Suites with uninterrupted and breath-taking views of the lagoon, 5 Luxury Loft Rooms and 6 Luxury 2-bedroom Units with Self-catering Facilities all overlooking the beautiful architecture of Thesen Harbour Town.
The Lofts' friendly team welcomes your questions. Before or after enjoying breakfast, allow our team to organise your programme, restaurant bookings as well as trips for the day.
Sundeck and Activities
View the beauty and tranquillity of the lagoon and surrounding green hills from our sundeck. Soak up the African sunshine and relax in these surroundings of The Lofts Boutique Hotel. You have the option to step down onto the sand during low tide for a quiet walk or take the canoe out for a paddle to explore the lagoon.
Enjoy our open air splash pool. Take a dip or relax on our comfortable sun-loungers. Watch the boats sail past.
Laze in the afternoon sun with a good book. Enjoy your morning coffee or sunset drink right here. From this spot there is no better place than to experience the sun set over the green hills.
Activities provided by The Lofts
We offer our guests the following during their stay with us:
Canoeing on the lagoon is an amazing experience. Take the canoe through the Thesen Islands canals, stop at one of the private beaches on the island and have a relaxed picnic before venturing back. Rowing through the canals is fairly easy for an active person.
It is also possible to row over the lagoon to the opposite side or even rowing to the train bridge; but this would be for an intermediate rower or active person.
Cycling in our beautiful town. Take the bicycles into town or to the waterfront for some shopping, strolling or snacking. Both bicycles have bicycle locks. If you’re an experienced cycler you can venture further to the White bridge or even to The Heads.
Playing Board Games
There is nothing more fun than spending an evening with family or friends playing board games. We have a small selection for you to choose from such as Monopoly, Cards, Rumi Cup, Jenga and Pick-up-Sticks.
The Garden Route has a variety of activities on offer. You can choose from a relaxing sunset cruise to the more active treetop adventures. Here are some of our favourite choices:
•Tour of Featherbed Nature Reserve – This is a tour of the untouched western head. This includes a boat ride, a drive up to a viewing point, taking a stroll down to the restaurant and enjoying a buffet lunch. The afternoon tour does not include a meal.
•Southern Yachting Start Sailing Adventure – This is the perfect adventure for an enthusiastic person who wants to learn how to sail.
•Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey – Whales, dolphins, seals and other aquatic life can be spotted on a trip out to sea with Ocean Odyssey.
•Mitchell’s Brewery Tours – Take a tour of the original craft beer factory. You can also visit them and enjoy tastings or just go for lunch or dinner.
•Meeting the Elephants at Knysna Elephant Park – This is a magical experience. Here you can buy a bucket of fruit & veggies to feed the elephants and once you have fed them you get to walk and touch them. The guides are very knowledgeable with answers to all your questions.
•Monkeyland & Birds of Eden – Drive out to these neighbouring sanctuaries for a day trip. Learn and spot monkeys and birds for an amazing experience.
•Sunset cruise to the Heads – A sunset cruise is a must while in Knysna. There are several cruises to choose from for every type of person from yacht tours to a Paddlecruiser.
•Treetop adventures around the Garden Route – Ever wanted to be Tarzan and Jane? Well this is your opportunity. Go tree-topping through the forests for a fun adventure.
•Learn to surf or try stand-up paddling with TripOut Adventures – Learning to surf is on most people’s bucket list so why not cruise out to Buffalo Bay and take a surf course.
The Garden Route comprises of farms and many creative people. Markets are the perfect place to see what this beautiful area has to offer.
•Wild Oats Saturday Market – This popular market outside of Sedgefield is open every Saturday.
•Harkerville Saturday Market – This market half-way between Knysna and Plett is open every Satuday.
•Outeniqua Saturday Market – This popular market outside of George is open every Saturday.
We also have several great restaurants in Knysna. Here’s our favourite choices:
• ilê de pain - Thesen Harbour Town. European style bakery and café. Breakfast & lunch.
• Pembreys – Brenton Road. Mediterranean country cuisine. Dinners
• Sirocco Restaurant - Thesen Harbour Town. Laid back lunches, dinners & cocktails.
• The Olive Tree – Main Road. Mouth-watering international bistro cuisine. Dinners.
• Café Mario – The Waterfront. Casual Italian restaurant.
• 34° South - The Waterfront. Food emporium, deli, fresh seafood restaurant.
• Anchorage - Gray Street. Seafood & Steaks.
• Cruise Café - Featherbed Co. Terminus. Contemporary menu & award winning wine list.
• East Head Café – The Heads. Relaxed family friendly restaurant. Breakfast & lunch.
• Freshline Fisheries – Long Street. Fresh seafood in a relaxed environment.
• Muse – Old Cape Road. Eclectic family friendly restaurant growing own veggies.
• 34 Tapas & Oysters - Thesen Harbour Town. Tapas meals, oysters & entertainment.
• The Orchid Room - Simola Hotel & Spa. à la Carte fine dining & Sushi bar with views!
• Totties Eatery - Rheenendal. Family restaurant. Buffet meals and awesome burgers.
• Turbine Tapas Bar & Island Cafe – Thesen Harbour Town. International contemporary style restaurant
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