WHERE: Long St, Knysna, 044-302-5710
WHY WE LOVE IT: If you’re looking for a spot in South Africa that feels just like the Hamptons, Thesen Island is it. The Lofts sits on the banks of the lagoon and, when you’re not lying by the pool, tuning into the slow lap of the water, you’ll be sprawled out in one of the super spacious suites or self-catering units. For information on what to do on the island, consult with any of the obliging staff members who will make sure your every whim is catered to.
X-FACTOR: Breakfast is served at the renowned Ile de Pain – a bakery that’ll make you question whether you’ve ever had a real croissant before.
This article originally featured in the December 2014 issue of House and Leisure.