Winter Love Island’s 2023 villa in South Africa revealed

EXCLUSIVE: Love Island’s 2023 villa is luxury South African eco-retreat with a giant pool and mountain views in ‘secluded and protected’ Franschhoek wine valley – as winter series returns after three years

  • The new abode has been described as the ‘best villa yet’ ahead of the winter Love Island launch next year  
  • The sprawling estate boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a ‘protected area’ in South Africa 
  • It’s environmentally friendly, with 100 percent off-the-grid status to generate its own electricity 
  • The debut winter series aired in January 2020 and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp
  • Latest news and updates on all of your favourite Love Island contestants

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The Winter Love Island villa has been revealed, with sources telling MailOnline the South African manor is the ‘best villa’ yet. 

Work on the manor is currently underway ahead of the series launch next year, with ITV bosses making the safety of the Islanders their main priority after previous villas have seen intruders sneak in

With Winter Love Island not airing for three years show bosses have pulled out all the stops for the fresh batch of Islanders on their quest for love and romance.

Winter Love Island's 2023 villa REVEALED: The new luxury eco-retreat boasts a giant pool and mountain views in a 'protected area' of Franschhoek wine valley - as series returns to South Africa after three years

Winter Love Island’s 2023 villa REVEALED: The new luxury eco-retreat boasts a giant pool and mountain views in a ‘protected area’ of Franschhoek wine valley – as series returns to South Africa after three years

The supersized luxury eco-retreat boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a ‘protected area’ in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley. 

The villa is the biggest one yet of all the series, boasting a giant pool and surrounded by palm trees.  

It is is also environmentally friendly, with the estate having 100 percent off-the-grid status which allows it to generate its own electricity, water and numerous food sources.

The debut winter series aired in January 2020 – shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic – and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp.

Plans for a second winter series were shelved in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic.

Reigning champions: The debut winter series aired in January 2020 - shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic - and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp. Plans for a second winter series were shelved in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic

Reigning champions: The debut winter series aired in January 2020 – shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic – and was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp. Plans for a second winter series were shelved in 2021 amid concerns surrounding the pandemic

Greenery: The supersized luxury eco-retreat boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a 'protected area' in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley

Greenery: The supersized luxury eco-retreat boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a ‘protected area’ in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley

Paige and Finn said in the wake of the announcement: ‘Love Island enabled us to find love with someone that without the show, our paths would never have crossed.

‘We both found everything that we’d asked for in a partner in each other and we now live together in Manchester (we’ve been here for almost two years). We’ve got a new amazing group of friends and literally couldn’t imagine life without each other.’

Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said ‘Love Island has once again proved itself to be the nation’s favourite talking point across the summer, and we’re always blown away by the show’s ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience. 

‘So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we’d make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.’

Incredible: The villa is the biggest one yet of all the series, boasting a giant pool and surrounded by palm trees. It is is also environmentally friendly, with the estate having 100 percent off-the-grid status which allows it to generate its own electricity

 Incredible: The villa is the biggest one yet of all the series, boasting a giant pool and surrounded by palm trees. It is is also environmentally friendly, with the estate having 100 percent off-the-grid status which allows it to generate its own electricity

Mike Spencer, Executive Producer at Lifted Entertainment, said ‘After eight brilliant series, we are excited to be serving up two helpings of love in 2023 by kicking off in January at a stunning new villa in South Africa. 

‘We can look forward to more romances, bromances and everything in between as we embark on another epic year of love.’

It’s believed the stars of Love Island’s inaugural winter series lost £500,000 in ‘missed opportunities’, as the country went into lockdown shortly after they left the villa.

Jack Cooper of EdHopkinsPR revealed to Metro that stars missed key moneymaking moments which have previously bagged stars up to millions of pounds.

Wow: Work on the manor is currently underway ahead of the series launch next year, with ITV bosses making the safety of the Islanders their main priority after previous villas have seen intruders sneak in

Wow: Work on the manor is currently underway ahead of the series launch next year, with ITV bosses making the safety of the Islanders their main priority after previous villas have seen intruders sneak in

This series of Winter Love Island will also see a new host after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the show, with Maya Jama confirmed as her replacement last month. 

Maya said in a statement: ‘I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders.’ 

Laura announced in August this year that she was quitting the show and would not be returning to host the next series of the ITV2 dating show.

The Irish presenter, 37, joined back in 2020 and has hosted the hugely popular reality programme and its spin-off Aftersun for three series.

Laura – who is mother to a 17-month-old daughter with Love Island voiceover star Iain Sterling – took to her Instagram at the time to confirm she would be leaving, saying she has found flying back and forth from the villa ‘very difficult’.

The broadcaster’s stint on the ITV2 dating show received mixed reviews this season; some viewers praised her handling of sensitive topics, while others criticised her for ‘encouraging slut-shaming’ in a segment which sparked 427 Ofcom complaints.

Congratulations: While Winter Love Island was shelved amid the pandemic, the summer series aired this year with a whopping 3.4 million viewers tuning in to watch Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu and Davide Sanclimenti be crowned the 2022 winners

Congratulations: While Winter Love Island was shelved amid the pandemic, the summer series aired this year with a whopping 3.4 million viewers tuning in to watch Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu and Davide Sanclimenti be crowned the 2022 winners 

Laura replaced Caroline Flack as the presenter of Love Island when she stood down in December 2019. Caroline tragically took her own life aged 40 in February 2020.

In her statement, Laura said she was only planning to fill in for Caroline for one series, emotionally saying that she hope she did her late friend ‘proud’.

Taking to Instagram, Laura said: ‘Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love island.

‘There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects.

‘I wish it was still possible but know you’ll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into 3 series. I hope I did you proud Caroline.’

Speaking of Laura’s exit, an ITV spokesperson said at the time: ‘Laura has been a fantastic host across the last three series of the show.

‘We are so grateful for everything she has brought to the programme but understand and respect her decision, and we look forward to working with her on upcoming ITV projects.’

Moving on: This series of Winter Love Island will also see a new host after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the show , with Maya Jama confirmed as her replacement last month

Moving on: This series of Winter Love Island will also see a new host after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the show , with Maya Jama confirmed as her replacement last month

Get her in the villa! Maya said in a statement, 'I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders'

Get her in the villa! Maya said in a statement, ‘I’ve always been such a massive Love Island fan and I’m so excited to be hosting one of the nation’s favourite shows! I can’t wait to get into the Villa to meet all of the Islanders’

Maya has presenting experience on shows such as Walk the Line and Soccer Aid.

While Winter Love Island was shelved amid the pandemic, the summer series aired this year with a whopping 3.4 million viewers tuning in to watch Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu and Davide Sanclimenti be crowned the 2022 winners

The couple finished ahead of Gemma Owen, 19, and Luca Bish, 23, who were awarded second place and narrowly missed out on the money, with bosses deciding to ditch the ‘split or steal’ twist that usually comes at the end for the first time in the history of the ITV2 show. Gemma and Luca have since split

Who is Maya Jama?  

Maya Jama, 28, is a presenter of Somali and Swedish descent.

Her parents named her after poet Maya Angelou because her mother read the famous poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, during her pregnancy.

Maya grew up in Bristol, along with her brother Omar, but moved to London aged 16 to pursue her broadcasting career. 

Her father was in prison for most of her childhood, for violence-related crimes such as pub brawls and fights – she stopped speaking to him aged 12 but remains incredibly close to her mother.

Maya's parents named her after poet Maya Angelou because her mother read the famous poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, during her pregnancy

Maya’s parents named her after poet Maya Angelou because her mother read the famous poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, during her pregnancy

She set up her own YouTube channel as well as landing a gig as a presenter for JumpOff TV.

Her first big gig was as the host of MTV’s The Wrap Up, before moving on to host MTV Essentials and MTV News.

She co-presented Trending Live! on 4Music from 2015 until 2017, Cannonball on ITV in 2017, the MTV show True Love or True Lies in 2018, and the first series of The Circle with Alice Levine on Channel 4. 

In November 2017, she became the youngest person, then aged 23, to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 with fellow presenter Marvin Humes.

She became the team captain on ITV2 rap panel show Don’t Hate the Playaz presented by Jordan Stephens.  

Maya has enjoyed a successful radio presenting career. She hosted #DriveWithMaya on Rinse FM from 2014 to 2017, and co-presented Radio 1’s Greatest Hits and presented her own show, Maya Jama on BBC Radio 1 from 2018 to 2020. 

In 2020, she announced she was leaving BBC Radio 1, a station she has hosted on for two years.

Like twins: Maya pictured with her lookalike mother

Like twins: Maya pictured with her lookalike mother 

In an Instagram post, she said at the time: My loveess, I’ve made the very difficult decision not to continue my Radio 1 contract from June.

‘As you know I have been juggling & There are a lot of exciting commitments happening that would mean I’m not able to dedicate the time needed to my weekly radio show.

Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends.(pictured in June 2018)

Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends.(pictured in June 2018) 

‘I’ve loved every moment of my time at Radio 1 and I would like to thank the team for their hard work and friendship during the last two years. It’s been a JOURNEY.’ 

In September 2021, it was announced that Jama would be the host of Simon Cowell’s new music competition gameshow Walk The Line. 

As far as her personal life goes, Maya famously dated rapper Stormzy in 2016. They split three years later but remain friends.

Stormzy seemed to address rumours he had strayed in his subsequent music releases – with his song Lessons said to be about the heartbreaking split and lyrics confessing that he had ‘done the dirt’ on the TV star. 

However, the award-winning musician later revealed he hadn’t been unfaithful throughout his relationship but instead, admitted to showing ‘disrespect’ to his famous ex. 

In August, she split from her fiancé Ben Simmons six months after getting engaged, due to long-distance.

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