As you walk through the art-lined hallways of Ellerman House, nestled along the cliffs of Bantry Bay, it is very much at a staccato pace. The painstaking curation is evident, mind blowing and simply too much to take-in all in one go. Of course, Mother Nature is not one to be outdone, with her striking seascape of the Atlantic Ocean hitting you front and centre as you make your way onto the outer terrace of the hotel. The Relais and Chateaux property hosted the Africa Delegation of the Southern, East Africa & Indian Ocean Islands of the Relais & Châteaux Association for the launch of its 2014 guide.The launch revealed the addition of Johannesburg-based property Athol Place Boutique Hotel and 20° Sud in Mauritius into the guide, as well as the announcement of Philippe Gombert as the new International President of Relais & Châteaux.Annie-Claude Bergonzoli, Director of the Africa & Indian Ocean Island Delegation, announced 2014 would see the Relais & Châteaux Association celebrating its 60th birthday, adding that the new guide continued to represents unique travel experiences and possibilities for guests at new member properties worldwide and multiple Routes du Bonheur.In conjunction with the launch, Ellerman House introduced members of the media to its new wine gallery – made up of a sophisticated, state-of-the-art wine rack, temperature-controlled subterranean cellars for a 7 500-strong collection of vintage and rare wines. Inspired by the natural, earthy materials associated with one of South Africa's most established exports – wood, granite, metal, carbon – it is an unusual space in which to taste wine and includes an interactive multi-media wine library, maturation cellars for white and red wines, and a brandy tasting lounge. A special feature is the Champagne Cellar, stocked exclusively with rare and special vintages of Dom Perignon. According to Ellerman House, the brief to the design team from the owner, Paul Harris, was to come up with an original concept for the wine gallery that had never been seen before. Needless to say the final product appears to have exceeded expectations with its world-class local architecture, sculptural art and design showcased throughout.We were also given a sneak peek of Ellerman House’s Villa Two – with the final touches still being added before opening for the summer season. The first level has three luxuriously appointed bedrooms with open-plan bathrooms, a study area and surround-sound mini cinema. On the top level, entertainment, dining and living areas lead outdoors to an infinity pool and outdoor patio. In contrast to the old-world elegance of the original Ellerman House, the villas add a glamorous, contemporary edge to the hotel’s relaxed, refined ambiance – pandering to privacy and exclusivity. The launch of the 2014 guide was in conjunction with our longstanding partners, Valrhona chocolates and Waterford Estate.