February is known around the world as the month of love because somewhere in between leap years and summer vacations comes a very special day – Valentine’s Day. 

Some might argue that contrived romance isn’t romance at all, but we adore the idea of a day set aside each year to celebrate love. What could be more worthy?

Love and romance mean different things to different people, but we believe that there is a way for every couple to enjoy Valentine’s Day in a way that feels authentic to who they are as a duo. It doesn’t have to be all red roses and chocolate boxes, although that’s a wonderful treat at any time of year!

So, forget the expectations, and see it rather as a select opportunity to treat your other half, or perhaps a beloved family member, for all the wonderful things they do for you. We all love receiving gifts, but gifts don’t have to be things.

Here is a list of things-free gifting ideas for those based in Knysna over Valentine’s Day.

Activity-Based Valentine’s Presents

Quality time spent making memories together is a priceless gift.


A Turbine Spa Voucher

Treat your beloved to a relaxing spa day at our award-winning Turbine Spa. 

Spoil your Valentine with a massage, facial or mani/pedi. Our extensive menu has something to suit every personality.

The best part of this Valentine’s present is that it can be a treat to yourself as well! Our Couple’s Connect Pamper Package is a 3-hour session in which you can simply bliss out and be together.

Browse our full spa menu here

If you like what you see, purchase a spa gift voucher online and prepare for a romantic day out!

Specials at Island Café

If you’re a foodie couple, you couldn’t ask for a more romantic setting than our in-house eatery, Island Café, on the canals of Thesen Island.

On Valentine’s Day we will be running two specials. For the early risers there will be a breakfast special of blueberry flapjacks (with all the toppings) for only R95. For the ultimate date night, we’ve also curated a beautiful sit-down dinner with live music by Marike to set the scene for a fabulous night out with your other half.

To learn more about these offerings, click here.

Sunset Cruise

What could be more romantic than a sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon?

This experience makes for a wonderful Valentine’s present and can be enjoyed by both partners or as part of a group.

Pop into The Water Club just across the road from our hotel (TH36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island, Knysna) and select an option from their extensive excursion menu.

A Romantic Getaway

For those really looking to go above and beyond this Valentine’s Day, The Turbine has a special accommodation offer just for you!

For the night of 14 February only, we are running a curated Valentine’s Day Accommodation Special that includes your accommodation, breakfast and a beautiful dinner for two. 

T’s & C’s apply, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Browse all our accommodation options here.

Picnic By The Lagoon

A classic for a reason!

Put together a special hamper for you and your Valentine and take them on a scenic picnic date beside the Knysna Lagoon.

(Or overlooking the Knysna Heads if you’d like to take it slightly further afield.)

There’s something about a beautiful view, cosy blanket and a basket full of delicious treats that remains timeless.

Choose Your Valentine’s Present

For even more ideas, take a look at one of our older blog posts,‘Things To Do In Knysna For Couples’.

At the end of the day, true romantics know that “romance” simply means: I’ve been thinking about you.

We hope you feel all the love this February!

Stay With Us

For a romantic couples holiday in Knysna, consider The Turbine Hotel & Spa, a luxury 5-star property right on the waterways of Thesen Island.

Book online or by contacting us directly at book@turbinehotel.co.za.

We look forward to welcoming you to Thesen Island and showing you all that The Garden Route has to offer!


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