Meet Ashley Martin, one of the youngest HR managers in the Western Cape hospitality industry. When you get to know him, you’ll immediately understand why. Ashley’s biggest motivator is seeing people genuinely happy and he lives life by a simple motto: treat others as you would like to be treated.

Why do you love working at Ellerman House? Ellerman House feels like a family!

What qualities do you admire most in a person? Humility, Honesty, Reliability, and Respect.

What do you aspire to learn more about? People Dynamics and Personal Coaching.

Which historical figure do you respect the most? Mandela – I really respect a man that has done so much and acknowledges the team.

Which secret talent would you most like to have? I would LOVE to be able to play an instrument.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Stop taking things so seriously.

What keeps you busy outside of work? Spending time with family and running.

Your perfect day off in Cape Town? Going for a jog down Blouberg Beach in the morning, followed by breakfast at Arnolds Café on Kloof Street, then heading for a walk at Kirstenbosch Gardens, ending with dinner at a delicious restaurant.

What is your favourite hidden gem in Cape Town? Cecilia Forest.

What could you never do without? My wife and son.

What is your most treasured possession? My memories. Things can always be replaced.

What is your favourite book/movie of all time? Gladiator.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I would like to come back as any of the explorers who found a land for the first time, Jan van Riebeeck, Christopher Columbus etc.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being able to do what I love, with the people I love. A place where my mind, body and soul are completely relaxed.

What makes Ellerman House unique? Ellerman House offers the utmost luxury that is simple. As a brand we are humble, and I really appreciate that.