Now that a winter version of hit reality TV show, Love Island, is being shown on ITV, the drama has moved from Mallorca to Cape Town. The reason for the move is that the weather is good enough there for contestants to waltz around in swimwear all day long.

The cast of Love Island in South Africa
The cast of Love Island in South Africa © ITV

The new villa is a three-storey gated house in Eagles Nest' called The Cottage. The outdoor area is separated into three different floors, and the layout is designed to give more scope for private conversations and surprise twists.

The Love Island villa in South Africa
The Love Island villa in South Africa © ITV

The Cape Town villa is equipped with 80 cameras, and it took UK and local workers over two months to create it. A new dressing room has been added for the boys, which they didn't have in Mallorca, and a pull-out bed has been added in one of the lounges.

This has been dubbed the "Dog House," and it will be used by those who find themselves without a bed following a row with the person they're coupled-up with. Aside from that, the contestants will all sleep in the same bedroom, as usual.

The bedroom in the Love Island villa
The contestants will all sleep in the same bedroom © ITV

The islanders' parents and family members usually pay a visit, and Cape Town is a brilliant destination at any time of year, with myriad activities on offer. Its star attraction is Table Mountain, which can be accessed by climbing or cable car and offers the ultimate viewpoint over the city. At the back of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is a remarkable botanical garden with large lawns, themed gardens and a forest.

A curving wooden walkway sweeps through the landscape above the botanical garden; Table Mountain makes a stunning backdrop.
The elevated walkway in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © EcoPic / Getty Images

There are plenty of wineries around that do tours and tastings around Cape Town, including those in Stellenbosch. Visitors love the old Muslim quarter of Bo-Kaap, with its photogenic pastel-painted colonial period homes and mosques that line the cobbled streets.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
The colourful houses of Bo-Kaap, Cape Town © Preen / CC BY 2.0

No trip to Cape Town would be complete without visiting Robben Island, a Unesco World Heritage site preserved as a memorial to those, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated here. It is, quite simply, the polar opposite of the luxury in which the Love Islanders are currently incarcerated.

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