Lake Pleasant Hotel & Spa
Knysna District, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa
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HOTEL & SPA -
KNYSNA DISTRICT, THE GARDEN ROUTE
The Garden Route, a panoramic
region idyllically placed between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua
and Tsitsikamma mountains, is home
to Lake Pleasant Hotel & Spa in the Knysna district. This charming
property, built on the edge of one of the few natural freshwater
lakes in the southern hemisphere, is a serene retreat set in the
picturesque Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve.
Lake Pleasant Hotel & Spa
(5-Star) has 36 luxurious en-suite rooms all with their own balcony
Groenvlei lake. Nestling between verdant hills, lakes, indigenous forests
and unspoilt beaches, this is an area of incomparable beauty. Appetizing
contemporary modern cuisine is prepared from the freshest produce, flavoured
and garnished using fresh herbs. A la carte menus marvelously display
the chef's intrinsic culinary talent and exclusive award winning wines
tempt even the most jaded palate.
Afternoon high tea is a decadent delight. For the romantic, picnic baskets
filled with delicious delicacies can be ordered for the beach at sunrise,
or sunset, or anywhere in-between. The dining experience would be incomplete
without aromatic coffees, decadent desserts, warming cognacs, fragrant
cigars and friendly attentive service.
Even if you never set foot outside
the boundaries of the Lake Pleasant Hotel & Spa, there is enough
to keep you busy for days on end. Situated on the shores of Groenvlei,
in the Bird Sanctuary
of the Goukamma Nature
and Marine Reserve, the possibilities are endless.
The hotel was originally established
in 1895 as a hunting lodge.
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Lake Pleasant Hotel & Spa's 36 suite luxury rooms are well equipped
with all necessary modern conveniences to ensure complete satisfaction
Spacious, well-appointed one and two bedroom suites overlook the lake and landscaped garden and are surrounded by natural splendour. Open-plan living areas and en-suite bedrooms lead to private patios and balconies. Classic, up-market furnishings and finishes with original artwork define Lake Pleasant Living’s exclusivity. More than just a hotel room, these suites are equipped with all the modern conveniences. Suites are serviced daily.
Standard Suite features include:
- Equipped kitchenettes
- Televisions with selected satellite channels
- Drinks cabinet with bar fridge
- Digital safe
- Intercom system
- Sleeper couch
- Bathroom amenities
All duplex Villas are free-standing and consist of two bedrooms:
1 Villa can sleep a maximum of four (4) adults.
5 Villas have sleeper couches and can sleep a maximum of four (4) adults sharing with two (2) children each.
Standard Villa features include:
Air conditioning in each room and living areas
En-suite bathrooms with separate shower in each bedroom
Separate guest toilet
Open-plan living (kitchen, lounge and dining area)
Open onto private furnished patio and balcony
Original artwork, complemented by quality furnishings and finishes
Televisions with local channels in each room
DSTV modem (bring own card)
Drinks cabinet and bar fridge (not stocked)
Tea and coffee making facility
Fully equipped kitchen
Separate laundry with washing machine and tumble drier
Private plunge pool
Lock-up garage with electronic door
The hotels' facilities are superb, catering for both indoor and outdoor
activities. Relax in the library lounge filled with a selection of interesting
and diverse books whilst sipping tea in front of the fireplace. Embark
on an aromatic voyage and experience the expert attention of the professional
staff at the Wellness Centre. Enjoy board games in the bar, savour cigars
and drinks in the cigar lounge, or ask the hotel staff to arrange a tailor-made
tour of the area for those guests wanting to explore the many delights
of the Garden Route.
The Lake Pleasant Spa
The Wellness Centre has an indoor heated spa pool, steam and sauna rooms,
a Vichy shower and a hydrotherapy bath. Therapies range from a firm Swedish massage and an eclectic Jamu relaxing
massage to the more exotic and revitalising Bali Spa rituals. These rituals
incorporate the Javanese Lulur - a sensuous body ritual that exfoliates,
polishes and pampers - the Volcanic Earth Ritual - a purifying and refreshing
ritual that purifies and cools the body. Take some time out to relax
and rejuvenate at the Wellness Centre on the lake.
Leisure activities in this spectacularly scenic area include bird
watching, fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking trails and whale
and dolphin watching. Only a short drive from the Hotel are six famous
golf courses, the Cango Caves, ostrich and cheetah farms at Oudsthoorn;
as well as the many attractions of George and Plettenberg Bay. One of
the major features at Lake Pleasant is a fully equipped Wellness Centre,
ideally suited for mid-week, weekend or any day breakaways for a bit
of serious pampering or intense relaxation essential for the overworked
The natural freshwater lake, Groenvlei,
once home to hippos, provides visitors with excellent fishing, sailing
scenic lake is a haven for birds such as the Brownhooded Kingfisher and
Darter. Open Land Rover nature drives and guided nature walks through
the dense woodland of the indigenous Milkwood forests in the adjacent
pristine Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve can be arranged. Outstanding
views of the rugged coastline and fine displays of fynbos make this a
memorable experience. The reserve supports prolific birdlife and a variety
of lichen, grasses and majestic Milkwood trees. Rare African Black Oystercatchers
are a breathtaking site skimming over the ocean. Cruises are on offer
on the hotel's private boat “Yellowbill”.
Knysna and the lakes
Lake Pleasant is situated in the heart of the Lake area of the Garden
Route and forms the perfect base from which to explore... Take a scenic
drive to nearby Knysna, where you can visit the spectacular sight of
the Heads, taste fresh oysters or browse amongst quaint and interesting
shops for items of arts and crafts. Knysna is also well-known for its
hand-crafted wooden furniture. While in the area, look out for the famous
elephants of the Tsitsikamma Forest or visit Noetzie with its fairy-tale
castle, and don't forget the little stone church at Belvidere.
George and the Choe-Tjoe
George, the biggest town on the Garden Route, boasts the smallest cathedral
south of the equator. For a nostalgic touch take a trip on the world
famous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train. It will take you on a magical
journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country;
past the tranquil lakes of Wilderness, along endless beaches and through
the woodlands to Knysna.
Caves & Forests
Further up the coast, you will find Plettenberg Bay, Keurbooms River
Mouth and the densely wooded Nature's Valley. The Outeniqua Pass will
take you to Oudtshoorn, its famous Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. Lake
Pleasant Hotel & Spa could not have been more ideally situated.
Executive modern conference and function facilities are available.
Otherwise, breathtaking scenery awaits those who explore one of the
many hiking trails and nature walks throughout either the nature and
marine reserve or other local hiking trails in the area.
Sun, Sea, Dolphins & Whales
If you are in search of sun and sea, or whale and dolphin watching, the
warm waters of the Indian Ocean are only 2.5 kilometers away. Besides
the Hotel's tennis court and swimming pool, it is also centrally situated
between six famous golf courses.
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