The first-ever winter edition of ITV's Love Island will be swapping Majorca for Cape Town, a stunningly beautiful port city in South Africa. This change is likely to be due to the weather in Europe being unsuitable for the summer atmosphere of the show.
Cape Town, nicknamed the 'mother city', for being the country’s oldest, is a fusion of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park. Here's why we think it's a great choice for the location of the new luxurious villa...
Set to last four weeks in early 2020, Love Island will line up perfectly with the South African summer which runs from December-March. Humidity is quite low in Cape Town, so while the summers are hot, they aren’t too muggy. This time of year boasts Mediterranean like temperatures of 23°C, meaning the Love Islanders will be able to strut around in their swimwear just like they do in sunny Majorca.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sitting between the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain which contrasts wonderfully with the lush fertile valleys and stretches of golden sand beaches, it really is nature at its finest. From scenic drives and nature reserves to top of Table Mountain, there is something for everyone so wherever it is located, the villa will no doubt be surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Just like Majorca, Cape Town is only 1 hour ahead of the UK, meaning any live filming will be able to take place at a reasonable time and the islanders won't feel too jetlagged after their flights.
During the show, some islanders are sent on dates outside the villa, or can win dates by winning challenges. The producers at Love Island are known for sourcing romantic locations and activities for these one-on-ones, including catamaran picnics, paddleboarding and horse riding. Let's hope they take note of our recommendations for potential dates in and around Cape Town:
See The Penguins At Boulders Beach: This unique beach is the only place in the world where you can get close to African Penguins. Imagine watching the islanders having a romantic picnic while the protected colony roam around freely in the distance.
Sunset Cruises: Perfect for a romantic evening out at sea, these cruises could cause waves inside the villa.
Groot Constantia Wine Farm: This is the oldest wine farm in the new world, located on the back of Table Mountain. They offer cellar tours which allow you to glimpse into the winemaking process, and give you the opportunity to taste the latest harvest.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: With more than 1000 acres of flora and fauna, this could be the setting for romance.
Hot Air Ballooning Over The Cape Winelands: There are so many ways to see and experience Cape Town, but few are as exciting – or romantic – as riding in a hot-air balloon.
Cable Car Ride Up Table Mountain: Once at the top, the islanders could pop open some bubbly and take in the views of the most beautiful city in the world.
Cage Diving: Although most definitely not for the faint-hearted, the islanders could go shark diving in Gansbaai, a location known as the Great White Shark capital of the world. Now that would be a date to remember!
Have you been to Cape Town? Tweet @icelollyholiday & let us know what you thought and if you think it's right for the villa!