OK, confession time…who is obsessed with Love Island? I know it’s super trashy but it’s the ultimate guilty pleasure. What better way to spend the chilly evenings than watching skinny girls and muscly men breakup and make up in a luxury Mallorcan villa. Whenever I watch I get really jealous of the fact they get an all expenses paid holiday on my favourite island.
After some travel inspo? Here’s my guide to how to holiday like a Love Islander… (bevy of beauties not included, sorry).
The Love Island villa is situated in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the East coast. Sadly it’s privately owned, so you won’t be seeing it pop up on AirBnB once the show is finished. However, there are a number of gorgeous villas available to rent on the island including Richard Branson’s retreat at Son Bunyola.
Mallorca is a diverse island. For partying until the dawn breaks you should try Magaluf, Palmanova or Arenal. For a sunny city break, Palma can’t be beat, or if you want to go a bit more upmarket, choose Soller and Pollenca. There are also plenty of inland villages far from the tourist crowds if you want to really get away from it all.
The Love Islanders love to party, and will usually head to Magaluf at some point during the season for a night out of the villa. Magaluf has a reputation for being seedy, sordid and sinful and you’ve probably heard a few horror stories of what people do on their holidays there. Personally I didn’t think it was as bad as the rumours say it is, and I always had a great time but what happens in Maga, stays in Maga, so my lips are sealed! Ha! For world class DJs you need to go to BH Mallorca or BCM which host household name dance acts such as David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Jess Glynne.
Palma is not to be overlooked either, here the nightlife is more aimed at the Spanish market and it’s definitely more sophisticated than Maga, but then, most places are… The area by the swanky marina is home to fancy clubs like Pacha and Titos and there are loads of swish bars to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down. You can really dance till dawn in Palma and most clubs will be empty until about 2am, which was a surprise to me as at home, everywhere starts to shut at that time! To make sure you can keep up with the locals you definitely need a siesta before you start getting ready.
I also loved El Arenal, which is like the German Magaluf. My favourite place was Megapark, a massive bierkeller filled every night with German, Dutch and Scandinavian hen and stag parties. It’s great fun and I found everyone to be really friendly.
For a memorable meal near the Love Island villa, head to Es Moli d’en Bou, a Michelin starred ‘gastronomic experience’ which costs from €69 for lunch to €135 for dinner (wine costs extra).
In Palma, try the old town for ‘Tapas Tuesday’ when the locals head out for pinchitos, wine and time with friends. A delicious way to experience some of the local culture.
There are some truly incredible beaches on Mallorca – the intense blue of the sea will instantly take your breath away. At the busiest resorts you will find watersports such as jet-skis, inflatable obstacle courses, and pedalos. For somewhere a little more remote, head to Es Trenc, Cala Deia, or Cala Varques.
What better chance to indulge in some Love Island gossip than on a girly shopping trip. Palma is the number one destination for shopping on the island. Porto Pi shopping centre is on the outskirts of the city, and boasts a number of reasonably priced high street stores. You can also find Pimkie, Zara, Mango, Bershka and Pull and Bear in the city. For the fashion conscious you will also find numerous designer stores including Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Caroline Herrera, and Mulberry. There’s also the El Corte Ingles department store. If you are hunting for bargains, head to Festival Park, an outlet village about 15 minutes outside of Palma.
If you are in the mood for romance, there are plenty of opportunities to impress your partner on Mallorca. Why not try…
- A spa day for two at one of Mallorca’s many 5* hotels.
- Wine tasting and a picnic at a vineyard.
- Watching the sunset at Cap de Formentor.
- Charter a private yacht for a day at sea.
- Rent a convertible and spend the day discovering traditional villages and hidden coves.
- Take a bike ride along the seafront in Palma.
- Take a helicopter flight.
- Hike in the Tramuntana mountain range.
So there you have it – whether you want a summer of love, parties, shopping, culture or all of the above, you will find it on Mallorca.