Experience the epitome of exclusive luxury at The St James of Knysna, an owner-run country hotel set beside the stunning Knysna Lagoon. Awaken to breathtaking lagoon views from your well-appointed room, and start your day with a delicious breakfast served at the lagoon’s edge.
This five-star hotel is nestled in a beautifully manicured three-acre garden with two pools and a private jetty, offering the ideal escape from city life. Conveniently located just 2.8 km from the centre of Knysna, it is the perfect base to explore the many pristine beaches and unique neighbouring locations.
Enjoy many activities nearby, from forest horse riding to wildlife sanctuaries and adrenaline-fueled adventures. Discover why The St. James of Knysna is more than just a hotel—it’s a home away from home.
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Where is the Knysna lagoon?
Knysna is in the Western province of South Africa and is one of the most central and treasured places on the Garden Route. Knysna lies 60km east of George on the N2 highway and 33km west of Plettenberg Bay on the same road.
This buzzing town is a popular holiday destination throughout the year and an excellent location from which to explore the neighbouring unique places such as Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield, Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, Brenton-on-Sea, and Buffalo Bay with their secluded and pristine beaches. George Airport is only 67 km from Knysna.
Where to find the best Knysna lagoon hotel with views
It is not often that you can wake up to views over the Knysna lagoon from your bed. Not only were we treated to exquisite lagoon and sunrise views from our large balcony, but we also stayed in the biggest hotel room to date. The only enticement strong enough to lure us from our comfortable beds (did we mention exquisite lagoon views) was the delicious breakfast waiting for us downstairs on the shore of the Knysna Lagoon. Swimming is not recommended in the lagoon due to the strong current.
The St James is within prime proximity to some of the most pristine beaches, as previously mentioned. Brenton-on-sea, a quaint seaside village, is only 15km west of Knysna and, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Don’t miss Castle Rock formations! From there, you can easily walk along the beach to Buffalo Bay, another Blue Flag beach.
St. James is conveniently situated only 20km from Plettenberg Bay Airport and 60km from George Airport or an easy 485km drive from Cape Town.
The best accommodation on the Knysna lagoon
Guests can stay in two exclusive locations: The Manor House (where we stayed) or the Courtyard.
The Manor House comprises three superior, four deluxe suites, and two standard rooms. We stayed in a suite in the Manor House, Lady Anne, as the name suggests, a beautifully appointed colonial-style suite with a massive bedroom (and enough cupboard space to stay for a month), a dressing table, a separate lounge, a bathroom with a Victorian free-standing bathtub, and a large shower and high-end amenities.
We even had a fully stocked bar fridge and a coffee and tea station in the luxuriously appointed lounge.
Best features of the lagoon hotel: The St. James of Knysna
Fun activities at (or nearby) the Knysna lagoon
How to get to the Knysna lagoon hotel: The St. James?
Address: Point Close, Eastford St, Knysna
-34.039° / 23.0175°
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Because the hotel only serves breakfast and light lunches, we enjoyed exploring the many Knysna Harbour restaurants. We can truly recommend 24 Degrees South restaurant for excellent seafood and sushi at highly affordable prices.
Due to the hotel’s location (on the lagoon’s banks), no children under 12 can be accommodated.
Notice the exquisite wooden horse at the hotel’s entrance, which is ceremoniously fitted with a different hat daily (according to the staff’s mood, or so we believe).
We enjoyed looking at what hat the horse was wearing daily, as this usually indicates the type of day expected!
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