As Love Island has come to an end, fans will no doubt be looking for ways to savour the enjoyment experienced as a result of the hit dating reality television show. And what better way to do so than to live it up in the sunny Spanish villa, following in the footsteps of this year’s contestants?
The luxurious villa makes for the perfect holiday destination. Whether you want to enjoy a morning coffee on the balcony, take a dip in the infinity pool, or go for a leisurely stroll around the quaint villages nearby, there’s something for everyone. No more watching longingly from your living room as the Islanders roam around the beautiful mansion.
However, before you grab your passport and start practising making your grand entrance, here’s what you need to know about the iconic villa. From how much a stay in the mansion will cost, to what you can expect to find when you get there, we’ve got you covered. Bring on the summer holidays!
Can you stay in the Love Island villa?
Love Island fans will be thrilled to know that, yes, you can stay in the exact villa that was used for the show. This year, Islanders holidayed in a brand new villa called Sa Vinyassa, which the producers rented for the duration of the contest. Theoretically, this means that it’s possible to do the same once it has been put back on the market.
Each year, the producers give the Love Island mansion a makeover to prepare it for the contestants. Think neon lights, the ‘dog house’, and the infamous communal bedroom with six double beds, which have seen plenty of drama. However, once filming has finished, the beautiful villa will be returned to its usual rustic style — after which it will be available to rent towards the end of September.
This said the fire pit, sunloungers, daybeds, bean bags, iconic infinity pool, and outdoor kitchen are left the same. So fear not. Your dreams of reminiscing on the dramatic scenes that have taken place throughout the seasons will not be quashed.
If that wasn’t enough, Sa Vinyassa also boasts six double bedrooms, panoramic views of the Spanish countryside, a terrace, and a private pool, all in an idyllic setting. With so much to offer, it’s sure to be super popular with holidaymakers and fans alike, so expect a waiting list.
Where is the Love Island villa?
The original Love Island villa is located in Santanyí, Mallorca and was used for the first three seasons of the show. However, in 2017, filming was moved to Diseminado Poligono 5, which is an hour west of the original spot. When that property became unavailable, producers took the opportunity to freshen up the show with a brand new château which was unveiled this summer.
Villa Sa Vinyassa is located only 10 minutes away from the previous villa in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, a tranquil village on the outskirts of Cala d’Or in Mallorca. The largest island in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a favourite holiday destination for those wanting to explore the Mediterranian. It is known for its beaches, limestone mountains and stone-built villages.
Sant Llorenç is a beautiful 16th-century village rich in culture and history. Take a stroll along the streets taking in the architecture. Here, you’ll find all the amenities you need, such as shops, chemists and banks, along with plenty of bars to visit for a refreshing drink.
If you venture a bit further out of Sant Llorenç you’ll be able to visit one of Mallorca’s biggest cities, Manacor, which is famous for its pearl factory and for being the birthplace of tennis star Rafael Nadal.
How much does the Love Island villa cost to rent?
Tabloids have reported that a stay in Sa Vinyassa will set you back a pretty penny. The villa is available to rent for a minimum of seven nights from the end of September onwards. One week in the villa will cost almost £5,000, and you’ll have access to the whole property, which has space for 12 individuals — perfect for you and your friends to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.
The villa understandably has a long waiting list and may not be available for renting anytime soon. However, not all hope is lost, as Love Island’s Casa Amor has also been available to rent in the past. The home of drama, also known by its real name Villa Alchemy, was on Villa Retreats for between £4,572 and £8,128 for a week, depending on the time of year.
Alternatively, if you have deep pockets, the Cape Town villa used in the winter season of Love Island in 2020 has also been available to rent in the past — at around £3,000 a day, it’s not a cheap holiday destination!
How much is the Love Island villa worth?
Love Island producers have picked some seriously impressive real estate to host their show in. And when it comes to putting a price on these properties, several factors are taken into consideration — arguably the most important ones are location, size and features.
The most recent villa, Sa Vinyassa, has not been put on the market for a while, but its luxurious rustic decor and sheer size are sure to be on the expensive side. Especially seeing as the previous villa, Diseminado Poligono 5 in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar sold for €3 million (£2.57 million) in March 2022.
Casa Amor, or the ‘house of love’ as its name translates to, has also been put up for sale within the past few years — in 2019, the mansion was listed for £2.57 million. It has four sizeable bedrooms, electric gates, two roof terraces, and a 14-metre swimming pool.
Moving further afield, the 2020 Cape Town villa located in Constantia was listed for 105 million Rand in 2021, which is equivalent to £5.1 million. The property spans three stories which allow for two lookout points to take in the stunning views of Eagles Nest. It also includes a huge garden filled with seating, a fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen — perfect for getting friends and family together to enjoy the hot weather.
Finally, we have the first Love Island villa located in Santanyí, which was put on the market by Engel & Völkers in 2021 for £3.1 million. The huge but minimalist property was used for the ITV show in 2015 and 2016. It features five bedrooms, a whirlpool, and a beach-style pool in the sprawling garden.
Who owns the Love Island villa?
As previously mentioned, the Love Island producers rent the properties used for the show for around three months in the summer. While the real owner of Villa Sa Vinyassa has not been revealed, we do know who the owners are of two of the previous properties featured on the show.
The villa used for the 2020 winter season of Love Island is a property in Cape Town, South Africa owned by Italian businessman Luca Bechis.
The most famous Love Island villa, Diseminado Poligono 5, located in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar is owned by multi-millionaire and German businessman Nikolaus Broschek. He bought the villa in 2000 and has rented it to the producers of the show each summer since 2017.
How many Love Island villas are there?
There have been several mansions used as the home of the Love Island hopefuls as they compete for a chance to find love and claim the £50K prize money.
The first villa used in the show was located in Santanyí and used for seasons one and two. Between seasons two and three, filming moved to Diseminado Poligono 5, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar where it remained for four seasons. Season three also saw the introduction of the nearby villa, Casa Amor. Real name Villa Alchemy, the château is just a short walk from the main villa. On the show, it saw its fair share of heartbreak and ‘necking on’ as each couple’s fidelity was put to the test. Its popularity with viewers has seen the infamous abode become a staple on the show, and it has been used in each season set on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
Filming took a brief trip to South Africa in the 2020 Winter season of the show, where two properties were used — one main villa and a brand new Casa Amor.
When filming returned to Mallorca, but the first Sant Llorenç villa was unavailable, producers moved to another nearby villa, Sa Vinyassa, which became the fourth main villa to be used for the show.
This means that there have been four main Love Island villas and two versions of Casa Amor. So, if you’ve got your heart set on an authentic Love Island holiday, there are a few destinations to choose from.