LOVE Island bosses are “working to the wire” to finish building the villa, just three days before the Islanders move in.
Whole sections of the ITV2 love shack remain in disarray, with furniture, walls and floors unfinished while work on the show’s sexy retreat, The Hideaway, has only just begun.
Love Island is back with a sizzling new castCredit: ITV
Show producers are working overtime to get everything readyCredit: ITV
Our exclusive photos show builders racing to complete jobs in time for the swimwear-clad cast’s arrival on Saturday.
But executive producer Mike Spencer said: “It just takes time, getting it right.”
ITV acquired the villa in January and have had teams on site since March – including local builders as well as the channel’s own crew.
Touring the villa on Monday, Mike said: “Things like this aren’t finished yet. We’re working to the wire.
“Cameras are only just going in now, we’ve been out here for eight or nine weeks.
“But it will be amazing.”
Even finding the new villa, which is nestled on a hillside on the eastern side of the island, took months.
Mike went on: “This villa felt like Love Island, you’ve seen the ones around the world, and the infinity pool is a staple vibe of ours now – that is a ‘wow’ view.
“The challenge is obviously just the pressure of building something everyone is going to like, that caters for everyone, and also feels like the show is back and has everything viewers are hoping for.
“It feels like Love Island but with a glow up – it’s a bigger fire pit, like an auditorium arena, it’s all bigger and bolder.”
Crew have had to contend with the Majorcan authorities’ land restrictions like working around existing trees and the garden’s own in-built rockery.
*Love Island returns on Monday at 9pm on ITV2.
The fire place will be spruced up for the loversCredit: ITV
There’s still a long way to go to get things ready for the contestantsCredit: ITV
Love Island starts on MondayCredit: ITV