We stayed at the Villa Afrikana for two nights while traveling the Garden Route between Cape Town and a game reserve beyond Port Elizabeth. We had stayed in Camps Bay (Cape Town, lots of fun) for the most part of a week and wanted somewhere a bit more relaxing as a change of scenery. I had only ever driven through Knysna before so I was looking forward to hanging out there for a couple of days.
Villa Afrikana is a stunning property, up in the hills in a nice suburban area on the way into the town of Knysna. Recently rebuilt/developed it is luxurious, sleek, modern, lots of glass, white walls and well chosen funky pieces of furniture. Impressive views over the lagoon and surrounding headland.
The owners, Bianca and Ross are great hosts, friendly, helpful and welcoming. Ross gave a recommendation for dinner (Lush - loud, fun interior design, good food and enjoyable!) for us on the second night and made the reservation for us. Both were knowledgeable about traveling all around the area and Bianca made some other recommendations about possible places to visit/stay on our route ahead which also worked out really well.
The only thing I would say was a slight discomfort was that in our room the curtains were very light, they looked great but it meant that I woke each morning at sunlight, as the room became flooded with light due to the large windows. This wasn't in any way terrible as I did get to see an amazing sunrise over Knysna.
Overall a very pleasant relaxing stay at Villa Afrikana. The best value and most luxurious stay of our trip to South Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Space-Exclusivity & Style" Situated in the heart of the Garden Route; home to Pezula Golf Estate, Simola Golf Estate and Knysna Golf Club. 5* graded Villa Afrikana is perched high above the town of Knysna, on a hill fittingly called "Paradise" overlooking the world acclaimed Knysna Heads and lagoon. THE VILLA With its summery, gleaming white, the geometric architecture of Villa Afrikana is already quite a sight. The stylish interior is just as defined in the same perfect white. A modern, unpretentious interior gives the compact Villa Afrikana a surprisingly open feel to its rooms. Look out for the eye-catching artworks and cleverly placed objects. The attractive style encompasses a total of 6 suites in this 5* Guest House / Bed & Breakfast on the Garden Route. Facilities & Services: • Indoor Guest Lounge with fire place and Library and Reading Room • Outdoor Guest Lounge with main deck overlooking the pool and lagoon. • Salt Water Swimming pool with sun deck (unattended) • On-site secure parking • Laundry Service • Porterage • Complimentary Wireless Connectivity • Complimentary Room Service • Complimentary, satellite TV channels to include international news, sport, movies and documentaries channels in addition to local terrestrial channels • In-suite Light Meals & Beverage selections • Complimentary Room Service Breakfast served in the privacy of your suite • Concierge Desk operated by your Hosts, to assist with private arrangements and provide local knowledge for: Dinner at several very good restaurants, Local Taxis, Transfers & Car Rentals, Attractions We regret to inform that: • Due to uneven terrain, Villa Afrikana is not suitable for physically challenged Guests • Complying with the law, smoking is only permitted in the balconies and outdoor public spaces. THE SUITES The suites are wonderfully roomy and all have a fantastic view over the lagoon of Knysna. Each also features a comfortably furnished and also very spacious luxury bathroom in cutting design with under-floor heating and double washbasin. You'll be sleeping in a comfortable extra length king size double beds, all fitted with quality bedclothes and feather comforters and pillows. All suites of this Guest House / Bed & Breakfast have a high definition LCD 32" TV Set complete with an array of Satellite Channels and DVD player as well as tea and coffee makers. To add, the suites hold further surprises, such as a private balcony/terrace and some even a hydro massage tub for instance. Personalized Bathroom Amenities, Hair Dryers, Bathrobes and Electronic Safes are also provided for each suite for your enjoyment and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Afrikana Guest Hotel Knysna
- Hotel Afrikana