Vive Unique – Divine Real Estate


Global Living Magazine – Issue 4 | December 2013/January 2013

Join us as we travel from Cape Town, South Africa to Verbier, Switzerland and over to London, England to explore three of Vive Unique’s most exquisite home rentals for this installment of Global Real Estate.

Former lawyer and barrister in London, Claire Whisker is the co-founder of Vive Unique, a specialist booking website for handpicked home rentals in premier destinations worldwide. Founded in 2011, Vive Unique provides guests with an authentic, boutique experience of staying in real homes while the owner is away. Guests choose from Vive Unique’s collection of luxury apartments, townhouses, villas and ski chalets, which owners offer as a way to market their homes with affluent travelers. Marketed to corporate and high-income tourists around the world, Vive Unique offers homeowners the choice of three service levels: Fully Managed, Managed Booking and Advertise Only. www.viveunique.com


 Villa Carpe Diem | Cape Town, South Africa 

Price: $1,159 (£729) per night with Vive Unique

Located in the hills along Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’, Villa Carpe Diem features six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Prominently situated among some of the world’s most luxurious beaches, including the white sands of Camps Bay, the property faces the Atlantic Ocean and is nearby local restaurants and cocktail bars.

The home features a rooftop swimming pool, air-conditioned gym, main lounge, dining area, bar, patio with white leather lounge couches and chairs, a gas fireplace and a additional outdoor bar area with a counter and small fridge. There is also a dining area between the lounge and kitchen with seating for eight, and an indoor herb garden. The fully-equipped kitchen features modern appliances, including a triple oven and gas stove, a dishwasher, coffee machine and the requisite mountain views. Additional spaces include a separate laundry room, a TV room and study that has four black-leather couches, a round conference table with five chairs and a large plasma TV, and pristine sea views. The entire house is outfitted with an alarm link to armed response, and housekeeping services are available from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). There is a double garage plus undercover parking for two other cars, as well as safe off-road parking for two additional vehicles. All three levels of the home are accessible by elevator. And what holiday home would be complete without a sauna and Koi fish pond?

Local sights and attractions:

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Blues Restaurant

Table Mountain National Park

Chapmans Peak Drive

Bo Kaap and De Waterkant Villages

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