The Lofts Boutique Hotel is hidden away in the Boatshed, on Thesen Islands, a mere couple of feet from the water's edge.

These luxury Loft rooms offer the discerning guest a combination of luxurious living and breathtaking views over the scenic Knysna lagoon.

Furnished with thoughtful touches guests enjoy an innovative ambience providing a unique experience.

A heated swimming pool & martini bar lounge, beauty spa and specialised shopping on the waters edge of the Knysna Lagoon.

Unfortunately The Lofts Boutique Hotel is not suitable for physically challenged guests

Loft Rooms:
Accommodation consists of three lagoon luxury lofts and 9 standard luxury lofts, plus one self-catering apartment which all have the following:-
  • Beds (twins or king size)
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Crisp white cotten bed linen
  • Under-floor heating, fans and air conditioning
  • Satellite TV incl. sport-, & movie channels
  • Telephone / Hairdryers / Tea / Coffee-making facilities
  • Luxury linen and bathroom amenities
  • Fully-stocked mini bars and personal digital safes
  • Rooms are non-smoking but smoking allowed on decks
  • Internet connection in rooms
Lagoon Luxury Lofts provide guests with breathtaking views over the tranquil lagoon area. Quality fabrics and furnishing ensure that you experience the ultimate accommodation. The open plan bathroom, a his and hers shower together, adds to the magnificent all-round ambience. Views all over the lagoon, boats and mountains.

Standard Luxury Lofts are individually decorated with pastel colours combined with pale white creams provides guests with a true Luxurious “Boatshed” experience. Each has Bathroom with shower and a Balcony with loungers.

The Lofts does not have restaurant facilities but issue a voucher for breakfast at Ile de Pain next door, where you get a beautiful true honest breakfast in relaxed sophisticated style. It is famous for serving delectable dishes combined with the freshest, local ingredients.

Think Mediterranean-inspired lunches, with ingredients such as balsamic caramelised onion and garlic chilli mayo.

Freshly-baked croissants, magnificent sourdough bread and pastries will tempt you, as will the unique, local cheeses, great espresso coffee, and the fresh fruit salad with mint and lemongrass syrup.

There are some excellent restaurants very close by like Zachary's at Pezula. A contemporary classic restaurant that has their own organic gardens and of course the bounty of sea products available in this area along the Garden Route.

Another gem of a restaurant in this neck of the woods is Firefly Eating House where hip mother-and-daughter team Dell and Sanchia Hadlow wow pilgrims with their unique offering of glorious spice-inspired food in an intoxicating setting.

A little cottage on the hillside is home to this teeny restaurant. Step through the fairylit gate into a world of Edith Piaf, a garden of twinkling lights and squashy sofas on the veranda. Pre-dinner cocktails are served on silver trays decorated with just-picked blooms and set the scene for a decadent evening of flavour exquisite presentation all round.

Health and Beauty Salon
Also next door is Le Spa Tranquill - Health and Beauty salon. Le Spa Tranquill is unique due to its professional approach and the beautiful setting right on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon.

With over 20 years experience in the beauty industry owner Elze de Buys combinates the tranquility of Thesen Islands and her specialized treatments to ensure that you feel completely relaxed & rejuvenated.

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Courses Nearby

  • Goose Valley Golf Course
  • Plettenberg Bay Golf Course
  • Knysna Golf Course
  • Pezula Golf Course
  • Simola Golf Course

Sights and Activities

  • Blackwater tubing
  • Abseiling
  • Eco-cruises
  • Bungi jumping
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching cruises
  • Monkeyland
  • Elephant Back Rides
  • Knysna Choo Tjoe Steam Train
  • Boat Cruises
  • Knysna Heads
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Flea Market


  • Reception to midnight
  • Parking
  • Laundry & Valet service