Experience the charm and magic of our boutique hotel. Head over Hills Luxury Retreat is a unique 5-star establishment, situated on the beautiful edge of the iconic Knysna Heads.
Head over Hills is a small and exclusive retreat with eight en-suite, open planned bedrooms and various communal facilities, ensuring the luxurious comfort of every guest.
Under normal circumstances, we have a strict no under 12 policy due to our location. Head over Hills can be booked in its entirety by a group as an exclusive villa. In this scenario, children under 12 can also be accommodated.
Special dinners can be organised and Martin, our owner, would love to give you a taste of some of our delicious wines. Wine and food pairings can be organised for groups. Our new wine tasting room is fully operational and we are so excited! Come and experience it yourself.
The owners of Head over Hills have a long history in South Africa, considering they are both originally from Sweden. Martin used to be a professional golfer and played several years on the Sunshine Tour. The combination of Martin’s entrepreneurship and Therese’s degrees in both finances and tourism led them to create a place with a welcoming atmosphere that guests could call their ‘home away from home’.
2014 was the year that the Hanssons became the new owners of Head over Hills. How they ended up with this amazing place is a story in and of itself. They are happy to share the tale with you when you come for a visit. The Hanssons love to exchange life stories, which is why guests can experience so much more than just a night away when they stay at Head over Hills.
All the Head over Hills staff have been living in Knysna for most of their lives and they know the beautiful surroundings by heart. Head over Hills is a small establishment. Therefore, all staff have been trained to be ‘all round’ helpful but with a designated area of responsibility.
In 2010, the owner’s son was born with a facial anomaly called bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. Since he was born in Sweden, a comprehensive plan was presented to the family during the first days of his life. Martin & Therese know how much it means to see your child smile, not just on the outside, but from the inside too! As an ambassador for Smile Foundation, Head over Hills has an annual goal is to raise R400.000 towards a ‘Smile Week’ where we, together, can help 45 children smile again. If you want to be part of this journey, contact Therese Hansson 0760837575 or EFT to Nedbank, branch code 108914, account number 1087614198 and use the reference Smile.
The Santa Shoebox Project
The Santa Shoebox Project started in Cape Town in 2006. The main goal is to collect and distribute gifts at Christmas time for underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. Each box contains 8 mandatory items; a toothbrush and toothpaste, a soap and sponge, one item of clothing, writing material, some candy and a toy. With the help of our guests, friends and family we are annually donating boxes and so far we have given away hundreds of boxes to kids in our community.
If you would like to donate to any of these projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Adventure Racing at its best! In May 2016, teams of 4 from all around the world travelled to the Garden route in the Western Cape in South Africa. Their activities included kayaking, mountain biking, trecking, canyoning and complete rope work sections in this epic adventure. Teams took anywhere from 3 days to 7 days to complete this event, traveling day and night pushing themselves to the edge of human endurance. Sedgefield and Knysna, two of the host towns in the Garden Route, was the ideal location for this once in a lifetime adventure. The unparalleled nature of this area, and conservation areas managed by Sanparks were the ultimate playground for these adventurers.
Head over Hills has been a proud sponsor of the Simola Hillclimb for two consecutive years, a fantastic race in Knysna. In 2016 Head over Hills sponsored the Thouca Mechanicos team.
Please get in touch with us for more information on our luxury boutique retreat. We’d love to hear from you! Enjoy the true spirit of the Garden Route, all from the iconic location of the Knysna Heads with Head over Hills.