South African Hotels

Simola Hotel & Golf Estate

No 1 Old Cape Road
Knysna 6570
Garden Route
Western Cape
South Africa
Hotel Type

The Simola Hotel in Knysna is on the Golf Estate that features 325 hectares of spectacular landscape overlooking the Knysna lagoon. The luxurious hotel offers views over the Knysna lagoon and out onto the Knysna Heads. This 5-star hotel features a golf course, a spa, a gym facility, as well as a swimming pool. There are walking and jogging trails and horse riding opportunities on the estate. This hotel is ideal for families as they provide spacious one bedroom and two bedroom units with kitchenettes, making the retreat perfect for extended stays.

Not far from the main hotel are 42 two bedroom suites, which are modern and elegant, with all the conveniences of home. The suites have an open living and dining area, with a fully equipped kitchen that leads onto a patio with gas braai. All suites have DSTV with LCD screen, a DVD player with surround sound, WiFi, and Ethernet ports. The suites can be heated with underfloor heating or cooled with air conditioning.

All rooms have views overlooking the Knysna Heads, forest, mountain, lagoon and golf course. Guest accommodation comprises 8 two bedroom suites, of which four are on the ground floor and the remaining four on the first floor. The hotel can host a total of 160 guests:

  • 40 x Twin Rooms
  • 40 x One Bedroom Suites

Hotel room types:

  • Twin Rooms: 2 x Single Beds, shower, basin, toilet en-suite
  • Studio Suites: 1 x King Bed, bath, shower & double vanity basins en-suite, separate toilet and bidet

Hotel room features:

  • Interactive TV with wide LCD Screen
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Data & Internet ports
  • Underfloor heating
  • Heated towel rails
  • Air conditioning

Highlights of the Studio Suites:

  • Fully equipped kitchen with flat top hob and oven, microwave, under counter fridge/freezer and mini-bar
  • Dining table for six guests
  • Lounge with gas fireplace & underfloor heating
  • Interactive TV with LCD Screen
  • DVD player with 5.1 surround sound
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Data and Internet ports
  • Patio with a gas BBQ
  • Open plan living area


  • 24-hour In-room dining service
  • Hot beverages, mineral water and snacks
  • Mini-bar in studio suites only
  • Pantry shopping service to studio suites only
  • Turn down and valet service

Golf Course

The golf course has following facilities:

  • Driving Range
  • Chipping & Putting Greens
  • Halfway House

The course had been set up to capture the vistas over the Knysna Lagoon, making it difficult to keep your eye on the ball. The Golf Course is well-known, and along with Knysna & Pezula golf course, it makes for one of South Africa's most famous golfing destinations. Jack Nicklaus has managed to capture the essence of the land's natural beauty. The course is challenging. However, it is sheltered from the coastal winds that prevail in the area.

Facilities and Surroundings

  • Hotel Reception
  • Executive Office Suite with a 17 pax Boardroom/Business Center
  • Hair Salon
  • Conference & Banqueting Room - 121 pax
  • Golf Club Bar & Lounge - 121 pax
  • "Orchid Room" - 101 pax Restaurant which combines a culinary feast of specialised and themed buffets, a la carte menus and a Sushi Bar
  • "Sir Roy's" intimate bar featuring a wide selection of fine cigars, whisky, cognacs and liqueurs
  • Golf Operations and Pro Shop
  • Spa & Gym featuring specialised body therapy, beauty treatments, sauna, sunroom, spa bath, state-of-the-art gym and indoor heated pool
  • Outside Koi Pond
  • Outside pool and bar with children's splash pool
  • Outdoor activities, e.g. mountain bikes, nature walks, bird watching, etc.

Spa & Gym

The Spa and Gym have an indoor heated pool, modern gym, and the best of all, you have a view of the Knysna Heads from the treadmill thanks to the 26-meter wall of glass.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobe
  • Beverage Maker in Room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Internet Access
  • Semi-Self catering kitchenette
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Underfloor Heating


The Orchid Room Restaurant

This Restaurant offers a luxurious dining experience to which guests can enjoy whilst taking in the most beautiful surrounding views. The cuisine is based on both local and international dishes that changes due to seasonality. The Restaurant also has a sushi bar where guests can watch the sushi-chef prepare an authentic Japanese cuisine, while Teppanyaki is on offer for guests with less adventurous tastes.

Spa Facilities

The Spa and Gym has an indoor heated pool, modern gym, and the best of all, you have a view of the Knysna Heads from the treadmill thanks to the 25-meter wall of glass.

Simola Spa

Simola’s Spa offers a wide choice of face and body treatments, expertly and sensitively administered by trained therapists in one of four private treatment rooms. Manicures and pedicures are also available and there is a hairdressing salon on the upper level.

Simola offers a luxurious and exotic ritual in the Rasoul Room as one of the Signature Treatments for couples.  The benefits of the 45 minute treatment are profound and long lasting.In keeping with Simola's eco-friendly policy, the Africology range of spa and beauty products is used exclusively. 

Harnessing the healing properties of the African plant world, Africology is a unique anti-ageing skin care system that is 100% natural, formulated from essential oils and indigenous plant extracts such as the African potato, marula, rooibos and aloe vera.

These supremely effective products contain no parabens or artificial fragrances.  Whether guests consider spa treatments to be an essential part of their beauty regime or a once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence, the Simola Spa & Gym makes them feel welcome and special. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly while the service is highly professional.


The Simola Gym makes keeping fit and healthy a pleasure.  Guests are invited to enjoy the fully equipped state-of-the art gym where they can gaze out through the Knysna Heads whilst walking or running on a treadmill.

The gym is fitted with quality equipment and personal trainers are always on hand to ensure guests receive personalised attention and advice.


Keeping one's head down at the Simola Hotel & Golf Estate in Knysna, South Africa, can be a challenge, simply because the views around this magnificent golf course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations.

The Simola golf course is also the first Jack Nicklaus signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro's philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land.

The Simola golf course in Knysna along the Garden Route offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Set below the high ridges, this golf course is free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5's and five par 3's adds a new dimension to the game.

Every hole boasts exceptional views, either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.

Golf Course facilities: The Simola Golf Clubhouse

The Simola Golf Clubhouse forms part of the Simola Hotel. Guests and members have access to hotel facilities like the gourmet restaurant, the indoor swimming pool and the exclusive Wellness Centre.

The Simola Golf Clubhouse also offers spacious changing rooms, and the beautifully appointed lounge will comfort the needs of each of our prestigious members.

The Proshop offers state-of-the-art golfing equipment, stylish apparel and a whole host of items to make your golf experience more enjoyable.

Conference Venues

The Forest View conference room at the Simola Hotel offers beautiful views of the Gouna forest and the Outeniqua mountains in the distance, with loads of natural light and space enough for 180 guests. This unique conference venue at Simola is ideal for conferencing or events, while the boardroom offers state of the art facilities and audio-visual equipment in a modern, private setting.

  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Communication Centre with 24-hour complimentary Internet access
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Golf course
  • Golf Pro Shop
  • Gym
  • Hair salon
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Parking
  • Private guest library/ lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Terrace
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Internet access in rooms
  • WIFI
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • 24 - hour room service
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity in all rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services
  • Doctor on call
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Porters
  • Room service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Available Rooms

Luxury Suite

# Rooms:

The spacious and luxurious One Bedroom Suites at the Simola Hotel in Knysna, Garden Route, provide magnificent views overlooking the Knysna Heads, forest, mountain, lagoon and golf course. 

Hotel room services:

  • 24 Hour in-room-dining service
  • Free hot beverages, mineral water and snacks
  • Mini bar in studio suites only
  • Pantry shopping service to studio suites only
  • Turndown and valet service

Room features:

  • Interactive TV with wide LCD Screen
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Data & Internet ports
  • Under floor heating
  • Air Conditioner
Single Room R3110
Double Room R3550

Executive Suite

# Rooms:

At the Simola Hotel & Golf Estate, there are 8 Two Bedroom Suites, four of which are located on the ground floor and 4 on the first level.

Room services:

  • 24 Hour in-room-dining service
  • Free hot beverages, mineral water and snacks
  • Turn down and valet service

Room features:

  • Interactive TV with wide LCD Screen
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Data & Internet ports
  • Under floor heating
  • Heated towel rails
  • Air Conditioner
Single Room R4350
Double Room R4350

Simola Hotel & Golf Estate Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Receive wonderful discounts for travel in April 2018 at the Simola Hotel & Golf Estate.

Included in the rate:

  • Breakfast

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Valid for travel 1 - 30 April 2018
  • Subject to availability

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We were asked to give some of the hotels satisfaction ratings on departure and my point in writing to you is to say if we had to score your ( South African Tourism Company) ability, helpfulness and commitment to looking after us it would be 11/10!

One point to mention is that although we were desperately trying to get back to Cape Town to avoid the rain in Plettenberg Bay, we are so pleased that we had to go to Simola in the end.

It is really lovely and the staff were a delight. The room we had was in fact a large one bedroom suite overlooking the golf course. It was spacious and very comfortable. The golf course was excellent, just challenging enough without being impossible, as Pezula was ! The staff made us, and indeed everyone, feel very welcome and had the right balance of formality and friendliness. We certainly recommend it.

Chris Boobyer











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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -34.001457

Longitude: 23.027269

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Star Rating

4 Star


  • AA Quality Assured Associate
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