Already known for its world-class collection of South African art, the elegant Ellerman House in Cape Town wants to give guests the sweetest possible dreams. Set along the Atlantic Seaboard’s Bantry Bay against the imposing landscape of Lion’s Head, this private boutique property is ready to pull back the sheets in five new Sleep Rooms, designed by Elite Wellness Consultant Harry Jameson.
Rooms are electronics-free and come equipped with thoughtfully created sleep packs. Each pack includes soothing, restorative treats designed to induce and enhance relaxation, such as Lemon Verbena & Argan Oil Bath Salts, Stillness Body Butter, Lavender & Neroli Pillow and Linen Mist, soft eye masks and CBD-enhanced chamomile tea.
Guests are led through Ellerman House’s bespoke Sleep Ritual, conceived to increase levels of melatonin and introduce deep, restorative slumber. When practiced regularly, Jameson suggests the Ellerman House Sleep Ritual has long-term benefits, and can assist the body’s own parasympathetic nervous system to reduce inflammation, manage stress and improve mental focus.
Wellness-themed itineraries built around a three-night stay at Ellerman House include a customized, healthy menu; a nutritional workshop and cooking class; and plenty in the way of mindfulness and movement. This special three-night getaway also features spa treatments at Ellerman House Spa, which has a sauna, steam bath and serene relaxation area. Available therapies and treatments include the skin-strengthening Neo Tissudermie, Purifying Vitamin Therapy Facial and a deep tissue Bellabaci Massage, which utilizes ancient cupping techniques to release stored toxins.
Guests will enjoy body products comprised of pure organic botanical ingredients and indigenous plant extracts by African beauty and wellness experts Healing Earth. They’ll also have access to a variety of wellness activities, ranging from yoga classes to sunrise hikes exploring the terrain of Table Mountain.
After your night of replenishing, blissful sleep, you’ll be ready to explore — and appreciate — the property’s art collection. Curated by artist Talita Swarts, the collection includes paintings, portraits and sculptures by John Meyer, Erik Laubscher, Jan Volshenk, Irma Stern, Cathcart Methven, Maggie Laubser, Pieter Wenning, Thomas Bowler, Walter Battiss, Anton Van Wouw and others, each presenting their interpretation of South Africa’s land, people and sea.
For dining, guests can also indulge in South African vintage wines at the Ellerman House Wine Gallery cellar. The property itself includes a cozy library, lap pool, gym, 11 guestrooms and two suites, along with two modern three-bedroom villas. Terraced gardens surround the Cape Edwardian mansion, once a private residence, and the nearby ocean and beaches can be accessed on foot.
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