The Turbine is the most recent hotel addition in the hugely successful Thesen Island development in Knysna. The original Thesen Island site was a timber mill with a few industrial buildings and a large wetland area. The entire development has a strong emphasis on preservation and conservation. Thesen is now home to a thriving bird sanctuary and the man-made canals that criss-cross the development are home to a number of rare and endangered species such as the Knysna Seahorse.