LOVE Island bosses are ‘working to the wire’ to complete construction of the villa, just three days before the islanders are due to move in.
Whole sections of the ITV2 love shack remain a mess, with unfinished furniture, walls and floors while work on the show’s sexy retreat, The Hideaway, is just beginning.
Our exclusive photos show builders racing to finish the job in time for the swimwear cast to arrive on Saturday.
But executive producer Mike Spencer said: “It just takes time, getting it right.”
ITV acquired the villa in January and have had teams on site since March – including local builders as well as the channel’s own team.
Visiting the villa on Monday, Mike said: ‘Things like this aren’t over yet. We work on the wire.
“The cameras have just come in, we’ve been here eight or nine weeks.
“But it will be amazing.”
Even finding the new villa, which is nestled on a hill in the east of the island, took months.
Mike continued: “This villa looked like Love Island, you’ve seen it all over the world, and the infinity pool is one of our staple vibes now – it’s a ‘wow’ view.
“The challenge is obviously just the pressure to build something that everyone is going to love, that speaks to everyone, and also makes it feel like the show is back and has everything viewers hope for.
“It looks like Love Island but with a glow – it’s a bigger foyer, like an auditorium arena, everything is bigger and bolder.”
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The crew had to deal with land restrictions imposed by the Mallorcan authorities, such as working around existing trees and the rockery integrated into the garden.
* Love Island returns Monday at 9 p.m. on ITV2.