Simola Spa, Knysna

Spa and romance

In Knysna it is easy to combine your romantic getaway with some spa pampering followed by sundowners and a romantic dinner.


A romantic getaway should be an escape from everyday life and an opportunity to spend unhurried time alone with your partner. Romance is about pampering, privacy and doing novel things together, and a weekend or longer in Greater Knysna promises to deliver all of that and more.

For many couples, time spent in a spa indulging in body or facial treatments ranks high on the list of romantic activities, especially when you can have your treatments together in a couple’s therapy room..

There are numerous spas in Knysna. If you are lucky enough to be staying in the 5-star Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa or Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa, you will have access to a world-class spa on the property. After your treatment you will not have to leave the premises to indulge in a romantic dinner.

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

The Pezula Spa is a light and airy space with a tranquil atmosphere, centred around a 12-metre indoor heated pool. Facilities include a sauna, steam room, rainforest shower, and Rasul chamber. The full treatment menu includes a range of massages, hydrotherapy, wraps and exfoliation. After all treatments clients have the opportunity to experience the heated massage water beds in the spa’s post-treatment relaxation zone, the perfect end to your spa experience! When you’ve showered and dressed for dinner, head to the terrace of the hotel to watch a spectacular sunset over the lagoon before you dine at Zachary’s Bistro with its stunning décor and delicious menu.

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Simola Country Club & Spa

The world-class Simola Spa has a curved, glass-enclosed 22-metre heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, sensation shower, and Rasul chamber. For couples, there’s a comprehensive menu of treatments which can be enjoyed in the couple’s therapy room. The three-hour Couples Cocoon package includes a Swedish massage, deep cleanse facial and organic pedicure.

Simola’s Lungalo Restaurant’s fine dining menu is a gastronomic delight, and the adjacent Sir Roy Lounge is the perfect place for a romantic pre- or post-dinner drink.

Turbine Hotel & Spa

The Turbine Hotel & Spa on the Thesen Islands canals has a beautiful onsite spa with single and double treatment rooms, a mosaic-tiled Rasul steam room, and a menu that boasts an impressive range of body, facial and beauty treatments. The three-hour Couple’s Connect treatment starts with a steaming full body exfoliation followed by a Turbine massage and facial. After your treatments, head to the Gastro Pub and sip sundowners on the deck with its view over the marina. End your romantic day with a delicious meal in the hotel’s restaurant, Island Café.

Le Spa Tranquille

At The Lofts Boutique Hotel’s lovely spa, Le Spa Tranquille, all the therapy rooms have views of the lagoon. You can book a half day or full day package of treatments which include shower scrubs, massages, hot stone therapy and body wraps. The spa has a sauna for couples to use before treatments. Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail on the expansive deck overlooking the lagoon and watch the sun go down. Although the hotel does not have dining facilities, there are a number of excellent restaurants on Thesen Harbour which are within walking distance, including Island Café, Sirocco and Tapas & Oysters.

Le Spa Tranquille

Head over Hills

Head over Hills on the Eastern Head of Knysna is a small (eight rooms), exclusive 5-star retreat with stunning views of the iconic Heads. A personal masseuse offers in-house massages in the comfort of your bedroom or, weather permitting, on your deck. Afterwards you can enjoy a sundowner on the expansive deck before dining in the small, intimate restaurant where the resident chef serves a delicious three-course a la carte menu which changes daily.

Blackwaters River Lodge

At the 4-star Blackwaters River Lodge off the N2, halfway between Knysna and Sedgefield, the resident spa therapist of the Forest Wellness & Beauty Spa offers a variety of massages, starting with a complimentary foot massage on arrival. At this beautiful, tranquil lodge which is tucked away in a valley on several hectares of landscaped gardens, massages are done on the banks of the Goukamma River or in the comfort of your suite and can be followed by a romantic gourmet picnic and a glass of bubbly at the river.