Island villa

The Love Island villa is very different with crumbling walls and no kitchen or hideaway weeks before filming began

THE Love Island villa looks almost unrecognizable just weeks before the start of the new series.

The famed resort, located on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, has been stripped of its beloved features from the show, making it unlikely to be the venue for 2021.

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Villa Love Island is a far cry from its usual glamCredit: Splash

The stunning site went unused last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so it will take a lot of work to get it ready for TV again.

Whether filming will take place there is yet to be confirmed, but contracts for this year’s show contain Mallorca.

A source has already told us there are back-up options on the table if travel restrictions mean travel to the country should be banned.

The wall around the pool seems to be collapsing

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The wall around the pool seems to be collapsingCredit: Splash
There is usually a terrace, perfect grass and an outdoor kitchen

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There is usually a terrace, perfect grass and an outdoor kitchencredit“>1 credit

An insider explained: “In a perfect world, Love Island would be filmed in the original villa they use in Mallorca.

“But the pandemic has meant contingency plans are more important than ever and other venues have been discussed for the show.

“The Greek island of Crete has become a favorite due to its accessibility and superb locations.

The villa was not used for the show last year

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The villa was not used for the show last yearCredit: Splash
The villa was the home of the beginning and end of many relationships

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The villa was the home of the beginning and end of many relationshipsCredit: Splash

“Nothing is off the charts for Love Island at this time.”

The villa has an oversized hot tub, infinity pool and deck, but as our pictures show, everything needs a bit of TLC.

The pool wall is currently collapsing and there is no decking where the day beds were.

It is unclear if filming will actually take place here

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It is unclear if filming will actually take place hereCredit: Splash
The balcony area is very different

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The balcony area is very differentCredit: Splash
Molly-Mae Hague is just one of the show's successes

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Molly-Mae Hague is just one of the show’s successesCredit: Rex Features
Amber Gill won the last series held at the villa

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Amber Gill won the last series held at the villaCredit: Rex Features

The outdoor kitchen, which has been the site of many juicy conversations, has been dismantled and there is no Love Island branding yet.

Love Island is set to return to television in early June and run for eight weeks through August.

Laura Whitmore spoke about the show’s return to The Telegraph’s Stella magazine in February.

The show is due to start next month

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The show is due to start next monthCredit: Splash
Maura Higgins created classic TV moments in the villa

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Maura Higgins created classic TV moments in the villaCredit: Rex Features
The villa generally gets a makeover on Love Island

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The villa generally gets a makeover on Love Island1 credit

She said: “I was told it would come back. I love doing it, it’s such a fun show.”

“And I actually think it’s good to have had that break, for everyone who works there, because we’ve all suffered a loss. It’s nice to realize how much people missed the show. Apparently the applications are crazy this year.”

The show’s return will see more psychological testing than ever following the deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

The Sun was shown the latest contract issued to candidates which reveals the stricter registration process.

There are currently no day beds or outdoor kitchen facilities

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There are currently no day beds or outdoor kitchen facilitiesCredit: Splash
The trees at the entrance to the villa need sprucing up

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The trees at the entrance to the villa need sprucing upCredit: Splash

Those who make it past the audition stage will go through three rounds of tests to ensure they are fit enough to appear on the ITV2 series.

And as in previous years, they will also be required to provide contact details for their doctor and list any medications they may be taking.

Contestants will be monitored throughout the show and, as before, support teams are on hand to help anyone in difficulty.

The Sun takes a look inside the Love Island villa, with a hot tub in The Hideaway, a secret wall cabinet and an incredible make-up room