Fancy a week in the Love Island villa? Us too – minus all the cracking on and mugging off.
Sadly, we can’t move in when the winning couple skip off into the sunset with £50,000 and/or a broken heart. The Love Island villa belongs to a French businessmen who also owns an identical villa back in France. (Some people are just greedy.)
So we scoured the holiday rental site Airbnb to see what else is out there. We couldn’t find any villas with such a ginormous pool but there are some lovely ones that can sleep eight to 12 of your closest friends or lovers.
Here are five that we wouldn’t object to, ranging from £17 to £60 per night…
8-person villa with tennis court
This was the biggest bargain that we could find in Mallorca. As well as that huge pool, there are four bedrooms with double beds, a tennis pool, garden and barbecue terrace. There’s also sofa bed in the TV room so you can squeeze in an extra two people (or take refuge if you’ve been pied off). It’s in a great location: 15 minutes from the airport and 20 from Mallorca’s stylish capital Palma and its beaches. The big downside? It’s in a residential area so no parties.
Best for: Early birds, tennis types
Price: £214 per night, just under £27 each per night
8-person villa with infinity pool and clifftop view
This one is more than double the price but just think about all those selfies in the infinity pool. It’s built on top of a cliff on the south coast so you’re also guaranteed some stunning sunsets. There are four bedrooms with double beds, ensuites and individual air-conditioning in every room (useful after a heated exchange with your sweetheart), a jacuzzi inside and out, barbecue, gym, sauna and library. (Now we come to think of it, that’s what Love Island has been missing: library action.) It’s also a 20-minute drive from Palma and a mere 10 from the airport.
Best for: Instagrammers
Price: £471 per night, just under £59 each per night
This old olive farm makes up in atmosphere what it lacks in style. It’s situated in the lush San Pedro Valley in Serra de Tramuntana, a rugged mountain range in Mallorca’s wilder northeast. It’s not that cut off, though: it’s only 15 minutes from the airport and six miles from Palma. There are actually three houses: the main one has three bedrooms and sleeps six; the second has just one bedroom and sleeps two; and the third has two bedrooms and sleeps four. You can’t see it in the picture but there’s also the obligatory gorgeous pool and a golf course nearby.
Best for: Walkers, peace and quiet
Price: £639 per night, just over £53 each per night
Ok, so this one is on the Costa del Sol, not Mallorca, but it’s an absolute steal. It’s a five-minute drive from the beach, 10 minutes from Marbella and 15 minutes from the glamorous resort of Puerto Banus. One of the four bedrooms (which all come with ensuites) has a separate entrance and kitchenette – great if there’s a cheese toastie-gate. The view stretches from the neighbouring golf course as far as Morocco.
This one’s a little pricey but that’s because it’s in Spain’s clubbing capital. As well as lovely pool and six bedrooms, it boasts seven bathrooms, a bar, an outdoor jacuzzi, a roof terrace, a hilltop view. It’s close to pretty Ibiza Town.
Best for: Clubbers
Price: £727 per night, just over £60 per night per person
5* Puerto Banus holiday, 7 nights all-inclusive from £355pp. Puerto Banus is located in the Nueva Andalucia suburb of Marbella and was designed and built by a local property developer as a luxury marina and shopping complex. It is well known for its beach clubs, buzzing nightlife, designer shops and large yachts in the marina. There is easy access to other resorts along the coast, such as Marbella and San Pedro, where there are plenty of activities on offer. Watersports are in abundance on the beaches, as are boat trips. Golf is also very popular on the Costa del Sol and there are plenty of courses to choose from along the coast. Read more and book.
4* Fuerteventura holiday, 7 nights all-inclusive from £459pp. This beautiful island has over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and is the closest Canary Island to the African coast. The island boasts enormous sand dunes and plenty of long sandy beaches. Watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing are very popular here and many events are hosted in the south. You could even try a buggy and quad safari or go on a guided kayak and snorkelexcursion, or hop on a ferry to Lanzarote for the day and see two islands in one trip! Read more and book.
5* Gran Canaria holiday, 7 nights all-inclusive from £485pp. The luxurious beachfront hotel boasts a simple, chic and contemporary design and is situated right by Las Canteras Beach. Guests might choose to dance the night away in the club and enjoy city and sea views from the outdoor pool and sundeck, and the onsite restaurant and café provide an elegant setting for meals. Read more and book.