A new series of Love Island is right around the corner, which means a summer of coupling, crunching, and more shock dumps. But this series also brings a bit of freshness with a brand new villa.
And while this year’s sexy singletons will be heading to new surroundings, they’ve still retained those familiar characteristics. That means there’s always the pool, the lounge chairs to relax on, and all those important spots to draw someone in for a quick chat.
But ahead of Monday’s launch, The Mirror’s Jessica Gibb had the chance to peek inside the new villa to find out what it’s all about. And it turns out there were things about the new villa that surprised Jessica.
The toilet situation
Toilets are never really shown on Love Island. So Jessica headed to the restroom to check on the bathroom situation.
There are two toilets in the villa – one upstairs and one downstairs – and no cameras inside. There are no neon lights or quirky “crack on” signs here.
Since the restroom is completely off-camera, no effort is made to continue the Love Island theme. Instead, there are bare brick walls and a modest toilet and sink with a large trash can.
Cameras are at eye level
Jessica knows the Islanders are filmed 24/7, but always assumed they could easily forget about the cameras after a while. She was shocked to see that most cameras are almost at eye level to capture the action.
In every corner of every room, there’s a remote-controlled camera that can pan around to capture their every move. And they cover every square inch of the villa inside and out to make sure no hug or argument goes unnoticed.
With average temperatures of 26-29°C in the months of June and July, Mallorca is definitely scorchio during the filming of Love Island. But the villa is full sunbathing with little shade to escape the glare of the sun.
The hottest place is the dressing room balcony where the girls tend to gather in the morning. But this year, they’ve added a daybed in the dappled shade of a tree and two lounge chairs in the pool for the islanders to cool off in.
How remote is the location
The view from the villa is impeccable. You can’t see another building or even a road when looking at the infinity pool. Of course, we’ve sworn to secrecy about the exact location, but we can say it’s down quite a long dirt road.
How close all the chat areas are to each other
The villa may look vast on TV, but islanders will have to whisper seriously to avoid being overheard. The space between the poufs, the day bed and the fire pit is quite small. So not much can happen in the villa without everyone knowing about it.
There are no windows
Villa Love Island is a set built in a historic Spanish villa. As such the walls are built within the stone walls of the villa so there is space for all wiring to be hidden from view. It looks very clean and minimal, but the downside is that there are no windows in the villa.
The bedrooms are large and there is plenty of room for everyone to get ready in the locker room this year. But the corridors and corridors of the historic villa are very narrow and it feels like there is nowhere to hide. It’s easy to see why the tensions are so high when it all starts…
- The new Love Island series begins Monday June 6 at 9pm on ITV2.