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Five strong location ideas for the next ‘Love Island’ villa

Forget Balearic islands – why not send the islanders to Alton Towers or London Zoo instead?

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

The Love Island villa is on the move. Well, the villa itself isn’t moving anywhere – but the show is moving from its previous location on the Spanish island of Majorca. So obviously there’s one big question on everyone’s lips: where are the islanders heading?

For now, Love Island bosses haven’t confirmed a new location. They have said, however, that it’s pretty likely the show will stay in Majorca – and simply migrate to another villa. But let’s be honest, that would be boring. Very boring. Why not mix things up a bit? The show could sure do with a little bit of a shake-up after seven years of pretty much exactly the same format (and its fair share of controversies).

The new villa is set to be unveiled later this year. In the meantime, we thought it’d be at least a tiny bit entertaining to suggest some potential locations for a funner (and funnier) edition of Love Island in 2022. Here are five definitely very plausible ideas.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers
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Ever tried to chat someone up while plummeting the 55-metre drop of Alton Towers’ legendary Oblivion? We haven’t, but we imagine it’d be pretty difficult. Staffordshire’s finest theme park would add fresh difficulty to a frankly tired formula. Not only do compliments rarely sound subtle when they’re screamed at the top of your lungs, but you’d get the added nerves of facing notoriously horrible rides like Nemesis, Congo River Rapids and Galactica. Literally thrill-a-minute TV.

London Zoo

London zoo penguins
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Watching Love Island is already quite a lot like observing another species of human, so why not make that metaphor a little more… real? We’re sure that attention-seeking islanders will relish the chance to show off both on camera and in front of a live audience of humans and animals at London Zoo. Get David Attenborough on board to narrate the contestants’ strange mating rituals, and you’re in for some truly legendary telly. 


Canna island
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Canna in the Inner Hebrides has been struggling with attracting new residents for decades. We say ship out some Love Island contestants to fall in love with the island’s rugged natural beauty and kickstart the big Canna revival. Sure, the islanders would likely have to learn Gaelic, give up their tans and get into birdwatching, but it’d all be worth it to almost triple the island’s current population.

Zip World Llechwedd

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On the face of it, a disused slate mine in north Wales might not be quite as glamorous as a sun-drenched villa in the Med – but Zip World Llechwedd ain’t just any old mine. Full of zip wires, trampolines and lots of opportunities for climbing and caving, it’s basically just a damn good time. Instead of all Love Island’s miserable drama, heartbreak and gossip, wouldn’t it be just lovely to watch people having loads of fun instead?


SpaceX rocket
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How better to find love than while hurtling through the void? A truly radical shake-up to the Love Island formula would see the islanders jetted off on one of Elon Musk’s space rockets to a galaxies-away satellite. The host could be Musk himself, while contestants face the challenges of crippling isolation and trying to make a space suit look sexy. As an added bonus, this option gets some of the world’s most annoying people (including, obviously, Elon Musk) as far away from the rest of us as humanly possible.

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