Get lost in Knysna: Bamboo the Guest House is just perfect for memorable getaways

BY LIANDE BARNARD - APRIL 10, 2015

If you ever feel like your life is overcrowded and you need to coat your stress with peace, calmness and beauty – the charming town of Knysna, on the Garden Route, should be your next destination. It was while planning my escape to this town that I stumbled across Bamboo the Guest House, who later made my stay completely memorable.

The guesthouse was not hard to find as it is conveniently located close to all of Knysna’s amenities and attractions. Walking to their main entrance, through a forest of plants and trees, water features and birds, the ‘unique life experience’ promised on their website began.

Arriving at reception, I was warmly welcomed by the Bamboo staff, who escorted me, via a wooden pathway, to my mystic forest hideaway. My room was well-furnished and designed for total relaxation.

Bamboo has a total of 15 rooms, some self-catering, each with their own theme. Ranging from Forest Cabin to Tree Fern and River Reed to Bullrush, Pampas and Bamboo Grove, the names of the rooms are just as creative as the interior design itself.

Most of the rooms have their own wood-burning fireplaces, all have flat screen televisions, heaters, ceiling fans, fridges, safes and en-suite bathrooms. There is also a swimming pool for everyone to enjoy. One of their honeymoon rooms even has its own private swimming pool for the exclusive use of the honeymoon couple. Bamboo also offers all their guests free Wi-Fi and safe parking.

I was pleased to hear that Bamboo tries to be as eco-friendly as possible. Using only rainwater and eco-friendly cleaning products supports their sustainability beliefs. They also have two large vegetable gardens which provide the restaurant kitchen with fresh vegetables daily.

The crackling fire, great music and the smell of food gives it an indescribable vibe. You instantly feel right at home. Whether you are a foreigner or a local, a guest or only a diner, this is the ideal place to enjoy home-cooked dinners.

A popular dinner option is a traditional South African braai on the deck and I was told that the kids can even make their own pizzas under supervision in the kitchen if mom and dad want some alone-time.

Bamboo also hosts a series of dinner evenings - all with themes of course. Events like the Mexican fiesta, Hawaiian barbeque, wine tasting evenings and so forth are just a few of the many events to look forward to. I will definitely be attending one of these events when I am in the neighbourhood again.

Before I knew it, my exciting evening of good food, great music, fun and laughter was over and it was time for bed. The peace and quietness ensured a great night’s rest for me.

The next morning, I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and the wind gently blowing through the leaves of the trees surrounding me. This was far better than my normal wake-up routine with the alarm shrieking in my ears.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I was curious to see what my options were. English breakfast, sweet or savoury pancakes and a buffet of goodies, which included homemade muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt, were all available.

I decided to have the savoury pancakes and was very happy with my decision from the first bite. Filled with melted cheese, fresh tomato, crispy bacon and fried mushrooms, it was the perfect start to my day and gave me all the energy I needed for a full day of exploring this historical town’s many activities and tourist attractions.

All-in-all, my stay at Bamboo was a truly out of this world experience! Their friendly staff also made me feel part of the family and went out of their way to ensure my stay was a memorable one.

I can recommend Bamboo the Guest House to anyone planning a honeymoon, romantic evening, renewing of vows or just looking for a great place to unwind.

To find out more, visit www.bambooguesthouse.co.za or call 044 384 0937.