Love Island Season 8 is well underway and the 2022 cast has been one of the most explosive yet. This got fans thinking about previous seasons, so let’s go back to the show’s original villa and see how much it’s changed!
It wasn’t until Love Island Series 2 that the ratings really took off and the show’s creators decided to upgrade the villa for the Islanders. Therefore, for the third season, they decided not to put all their eggs in one basket and to switch locations.
It reminded us of the old seasons of Love Island and the beautiful villa that is no longer in the series, let’s take a look.
Villa Love Island season 1 vs season 8
The older villa certainly has a more modern aesthetic with lots of glass. There were also massive windows which let in lots of light, however, this also meant the house was much more open and there weren’t as many nooks to ‘take you in for a chat’.
The old pool had lounge chairs and a larger rounded beach style pool with a smoking area behind it. As the series progressed, the islanders could only smoke by permission and could only enter the area one at a time. Smoking is completely prohibited these days and there is no designated area.
The bedroom was much smaller in season 1 with the beds pushed together, in season two we saw beds in a circle. This year, the beds are lined up along the wall, facing each other, making morning conversations and gossip even juicier.
The features are endless, the villa includes a hot tub in the garden and the swimming pool which is in fact the largest private swimming pool in the Balearic Islands. There were also sliding glass doors and a large kitchen that opens onto a balcony terrace. The sea view from the villa provided an excellent perspective of Carbrera Island and made for some fantastic drone footage for the series.
The original Love Island villa is up for sale
The original Love Island villa from series one and two went on sale in Mallorca in 2021, according to House Beautiful. The beautiful house is in the village of Santanyi and it is located near Ses Salines. The stone house was shown in the 2015 and 2016 Love Island series and has welcomed guests as it has five bedrooms. The villa has been put up for sale for €3,650,000, which equates to £3.1million with estate agency Engel & Völkers.
The villa is owned by a French businessman who created the interior to replicate a rustic property he owned in France. Then the producers entered the property and added a gym, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, the iconic fire pit, and a ton of hidden cameras.
The 2017 season villa can also be rented for £3,000 a week, which is a good income for multi-millionaire German businessman Nikolaus Broschek, who owns the villa and is said to be distantly related to the Queen. . The setup remained largely similar to how it looked on the show so guests could get the true Love Island experience.
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What are the differences with season 1?
The first series of Love Island was much shorter as the series only lasted six weeks. In the fourth season, it was extended to eight weeks. Interestingly, the first series only had four full episodes each week, with Friday and Sunday being nights off and Saturday a “weekly list” of never-before-seen clips.
Another difference is that an islander from the previous series would appear in the middle of the show. The one that stands out is when the original Love Islander Calum Best arrived at the villa. He then took the boys for a night in Magaluf, which certainly wouldn’t happen on the show again as he doesn’t make as many celebrity appearances anymore.
Probably the weirdest thing about the first series of Love Island is that each of the finalists got “married” in a fake wedding ceremony. The girls went shopping for real wedding dresses and flowers. Season 1’s Jon Clarke took it all a bit seriously and actually proposed to partner Hannah Elizabeth, though they broke up shortly after the show. Nowadays, the ceremony has been replaced by a ball night where we hear the heartfelt love letters where the islanders profess their love for each other.