The famous Love Island UK villa on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca, is in a small town called Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.
It’s just over an hour’s drive from capital city Palma and the island’s only airport.
For the duration of our winter, Kiwis can soak up some vicarious TV sun watching the rotating cast of attractive singles sit around dramatising their romantic relationships on various pieces of colourful furniture.
The villa is owned by a German millionaire and rented to ITV for the duration of the season, including eight weeks of prep prior to filming and a month afterwards, when it’s almost entirely dismantled.
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Everything we see on screen is packed away, so all that remains is the swimming pool.
The outdoor decking, the kitchen (built in front of the property’s real kitchen), day beds, pergola and cheerful bean bags are all stripped out.
With our temperatures still dropping, Majorca probably feels a world away from your couch. But don’t despair, with a little DIY you can bring a bit of Love Island summer into your own space.
If bright blue and funky pineapples are only “100 per cent your type on paper,” then this might be a fun project to save for a themed costume party.
Almost every surface in the villa, including the main bedroom which sleeps 12, are decked out in bright hot pink, canary/mustard yellow and aqua blue cushions. Luxury Linen has got you covered for these, and they do free shipping on orders over $100.
To complete the look, splurge on matching throws to put against white cotton sheets. The show’s night vision cameras we can probably do without.
Last year’s catchphrases — “juicy” and “you ok hun?” have been refreshed for 2019: “Lit”, “boujee” and “so extra” are emblazoned on the walls in neon.
There’s also, of course, love.
Replicate the look with some neon words of your own, available from Aliexpress. Or pick up a set of letters and make your own ($20-70).
Festoon lights are a Love Island staple. They keep the garden cosy and bright for all of the “so where’s your head at?” chats after dark. A box from Bunnings will only set you back $20-$60, and there’s a range to choose from.
Outdoor ball lights are pretty cheap, or you can opt for more slightly more high-tech, colour changing LED globe lamps ($70).
“String egg chairs” are popping up everywhere at the moment, and big fans probably would’ve first spotted them in the villa’s smoking area back in 2017. They range in price from about $90-$130. Get yours on the cheaper side of things from GrabOne.
Gossiping about who’s been factor 50 and who’s cracking on is just better in bean bags.
The only pink one around right now is courtesy of Kmart ($32). Otherwise, Briscoes is the way to go ($59.99).
ASSORTED QUIRKY TROPICALS
A flamingo here, a few pineapples there… add a cactus or two…
Trusty Kmart and Typo have these novelty items in plentiful (and affordable) supply.
PROPANE FIRE PIT
Gather some mates, have each schedule a couple Tinder dates for the same evening; gather everyone around your new backyard fire pit; have someone enthusiastically yell, “I’ve got a text!”
Congrats, your DIY re-coupling ceremony is underway.
Some far from identical, but far cheaper, fire options are: Bunnings($100) and Mitre 10($45).
PINK BOUGAINVILLEA PLANT
Re-create the Mallorcan countryside right here with these pretty climbing flowers.
Find our beginner’s guide to growing bourgainvillea right here.
THE HIDEAWAY THROW
If the Islanders need a hefty throw to keep the Hideaway warm for their *talks*, then surely getting one (Ubuy, $222) in winter is justifiable?
As with anything else, how lush this is will largely depend on how much you want to spend: Farmers ($180); The Warehouse ($35). It is what it is.
CAN I RENT THE REAL VILLA?
You can however, rent Casa Amor, also known as Arta East & South East – just a few minutes’ walk away from the main villa.
A stay at the four-bedroom Casa Amor will cost you between $8456 and $15,032 per week. It has five bathrooms, a private pool and stunning views over the countryside.Or, if you’re keen to make the Love Island decor situation a little more permanent, Casa Amor could be all yours for $4,115, 053.The property is currently listed on UK property website Zoopla.
The villa for the USA iteration of Love Island will be set a bit closer to home for New Zealand fans, in Fiji. Its US$25 million dollar renovation has already been said to blow the Majorca villa out of the water in terms of luxury.