Lake Pleasant Living Luxury Garden Route Accommodation
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Lake Pleasant
has a long and checkered history of offering unique accommodation.

Before been roped into the Mantis Collection - a collection of privately owned and sumptuous properties in South Africa - Lake Pleasant was just another ordinary hotel.

The new Lake Pleasant Hotel became the Garden Route jewel in the Mantis crown and was one of the few graded 5 star hotels in Africa.

In October 2005 Mantis changed the hotel to luxury self contained all-suite accommodation offering the same 5 star accommodation but without the expensive frills required of a 5 star hotel and the new Lake Pleasant Living lifestyle was born.



Lake Pleasant Mantis Collection Spa & Gym

Lake Pleasant Lving Gym


Lake Pleasant Living Exclusive Holiday Suites offer facilities of exceptional standard.

Ideally placed between the beautiful towns of Knysna and Sedgefield, this is the perfect place from where to explore endless activities on the Garden Route or enjoy the comfort and luxury of upmarket living, complemented by an incomparable natural environment.

Luxury Accommodation

The serviced suites all have breathtaking views of the lake and landscaped garden from private patios and balconies.

  • 1-Bedroom Suites: offer one full en-suite bedroom, kitchenette, guest bathroom (including shower), open plan lounge and dining area flowing onto a patio or balcony.
  • 2-Bedroom Suites: offer two full en-suite bedrooms, kitchenette, guest bathroom (including shower), open plan lounge and dining area flowing onto a patio or balcony.

Bistro & Bar

The Bistro Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week offering fabulous cuisine classically prepared with a unique touch by our passionate chef accompanied by fine South African wines .

The dining experience can be completed with an aromatic coffee, warming cognac or liqueur. For the connoisseur or mere puffer, a selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor - sink back into a leather couch and enjoy the ambience.

For the romantic, picnic baskets filled with delicious delicacies can be ordered for the beach at sunrise, or sunset, or anywhere in-between. The dining experience would be incomplete without aromatic coffees, decadent desserts, warming cognacs, fragrant cigars and friendly attentive service.

Mantis Collection Spa On The Lake

The Mantis Collection Spa features sauna and steam rooms and an indoor heated relaxation pool open to guests. Body and beauty treatments can be booked with our professional therapists as an added service.

For more information on the Spa and available treatments click here.


All guests enjoy unlimited complimentary use of the Lake Pleasant Living gymnasium located in the spa. With a selection of modern and versatile apparatus our gym will help ensure you keep in shape while away from home.

Herb Garden

Lake Pleasant Living has it's own carefully tendered herb garden to supply the Bistro kitchen with freshly picked herbs each day.

All guests are welcome to take advantage and make use of the herb garden for their own culinary requirements whilst at Lake Pleasant Living.

Swimming Pools & Lake

Lake Pleasant Living has three swimming pools for the enjoyment of our guests.

  • An outdoor 7x11m rim floor pool with amazing vistas over the lake.
  • An indoor heated relaxation pool.
  • An outdoor kiddies pool with a water slide.

Please note that children under the age of 12years are asked to not use the indoor and rim flow pools and restrict their swimming enjoyment to the kids pool and water slide that has been designed with their safety and comfort in mind. Parents are advised that Lake Pleasant Living does not provide any lifesaving personnel and all guests swim at their own risk.

The Groenvlei Lake is generally safe for swimming and it's water temperature is surprisingly warm. Inexperienced swimmers are however advised to not swim in the lake without competent supervision.

The lake is also full of fish so make certain to bring a rod and a few bass lures with you! As the lake forms part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve only rowing, sailing and battery operated motor boats are allowed on the lake.

Internet Station

A dedicated always-on Internet station is located in the entrance foyer. Our guests enjoy free use of this facility.

Please note that at this time it is not possible to access the Internet using your own computer on the Lake Pleasant Living computer network. Should it be essential for you to access the Internet using your own computer we suggest you obtain a 3G modem card from your cel phone provider before visiting Lake Pleasant, alternatively, there are Internet cafe's in both nearby Knysna and George where you are able to connect using your own computer.

Conference / Private Dining Room

A elegantly decorated conference and private dining room that seats 14 people is available by prior arrangement to guests for meetings and special occasions.

BBQ Facilities

Guests are able to rent a genuine Webber braai and purchase prepared meat packs from the Bistro should they wish to enjoy a BBQ on their suite's patio or even on the floating jetty.


A fully equipped launderette is available for all guests to make use of if needed. Use of the launderette equipment is free of charge however guests do need to supply their own laundry detergents.

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More About The Lake Pleasant Living Lifestyle


That Lake Pleasant Living is part of the Mantis Group who also manage world renowned wildlife reserves including Shamwari, Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park and Bushman Sands as well as world class boutique hotels and resorts that include Lake Pleasant Living resort and the Draycott Hotel in London should in itself be more than is ever needed to verify the quality and service excellence you may expect as a guest at Lake Pleasant Living.


Lake Pleasant Living - What Others Have To Say


Writing a review about a venue such as Lake Pleasant is not possible if one is unable to to list at least one negative aspect so rather than blow our own horn and sing our own praises we have found the following impartial reviews written by other people on the internet.


Siyabona Africa
African Wellness Health Spas

Lake Pleasant Living is situated on the edge of the freshwater lake, Groenvlei, amidst the indigenous vegetation of the Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve and offers facilities of exceptional standard. Accommodation at Lake Pleasant Living consists of serviced suites with private patios and balconies, as well as kitchenettes.

Lake Pleasant Living firmly believes that when guest leave they should feel pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated. Guests can make use of the exclusive spa facilities, such as the sauna and steam rooms, an indoor heated relaxation pool and gym.

Choose from the wide range of specialist beauty and body treatments which are available and administered by professional staff using a combination of time honoured techniques and trusted international and local products.

Couples or friends can also enjoy a spa experience together in the unique Couple Suite.....

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Some Comments From Our Guests


‘Beautiful venue and great spa, thanks!’ – James and Jenny Sheperd, Cape Town SA

‘Magnificent location and accommodation. Wonderful place to stay!’ – Lisa Berry and David Buck, Manchester UK

‘Breathtaking and super friendly’ – E & D Ohrem, Bergerac France

‘Outstanding suites, nature and nice people’ – Infeld Family, Antwerp Belgium

‘’We have had a fantastic time and look forward to our return’ – Paul and Irene Gwill, Gloucestershire England

‘Fantastic place, lovely, friendly people’ – Peter and Liz Gibney, Ireland

‘Wonderful, relaxed, breathtaking, special, unique’ – Davis Family, London, England

‘Still as lovely and relaxing as always. Stunning setting and suites’ – Colin and Auriel Capon East Sussex, England

‘Breathtaking, a life-changing experience!’ – Vincent and Winnie Seboni, Johannesburg, SA

‘Tranquility epitomised’ – Marco and Zida, Landsberg, Cape Town, SA

‘Wonderful views, extreme comfort and very friendly staff’ – Joan and Maria Chirinos, Peru, South America

‘Lovely, superb, priceless…perfect honeymoon spot!’ – Werner couple, Vienna, Austria

‘This was a divine experience, we recharged perfectly!’ – Jason and Pravi, South Africa

Other words used by guests to describe their stay at Lake Pleasant Living:

‘Top quality, Awesome experience, Our dream holiday, Fantastic location/stay, We loved Lake Pleasant Living, Unbelievable, Superb, Fantastic, Excellent, Beautiful place, Great once again, Peaceful place, Memorable stay, Will return, A luxury place, Unforgettable, Stunning setting, Paradise, Brilliant, Should be 6-star, Really good place, Super-dee-doopah!, Gorgeous, ‘Lekker’, A place to rest’


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