The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve offers a magical retreat hidden in the luscious indigenous forests overlooking Knysna's expansive natural lagoon. Phantom Forest is an environmentally responsible sanctuary constructed of sustainably sourced materials to reduce its impact on the biodiverse natural habitat and Afromontane forests around it.
Here guests can sit back and watch glorious African sunsets while listening to the Fish Eagle cry and glimpsing the Knysna Loerie as it spreads its vivid red wings. The ultimate in privacy, this retreat accommodates guests in 14 elevated suites nestled in the trees. Each wood-and-glass suite features a lounge, bedroom, wooden deck, and en suite bathroom - where only Vervet monkeys can visit!
A contemporary fusion of award-winning cuisine tantalizes the taste buds in the open-air Forest Boma dining area. Delectable seven-course meals are followed by relaxing after-dinner liqueurs and African coffee blends at the fireside on the outdoor deck.
The Moroccan-themed Chutzpah restaurant serves indulgent spreads of mouthwatering tagines, Turkish Delights and dates in North African Baroque style, to be enjoyed in its fantastical setting beside the feature plunge pool.
The Body Boma wellness centre provides a range of treatments, with elements from the wild Skeleton Coast, the fynbos kingdom and the primordial basalt stones of the Namib Desert. With names like ‘Mineral Mantle’ and ‘Forest Fusion’, this is indeed food for the soul.
Outdoor activities include canoeing up the river with a delicious picnic, exploring the forest and fynbos trails where guests can spot some of the 155 bird species, flora and fauna, while golf, sailing, and whale-watching are all within easy reach.