Has Love Island left you longing for sun, sand and, uh… safaris?
A trip to South Africa, where the current series is filmed, could be the solution.
From romantic tours of the Winelands that let you recreate those legendary vineyard dates to safaris that let you experience big game hunting up close, you’ll be amazed by these four fantastic options for a Love Island-inspired getaway.
You can even stay in a real retreat – with butler service included. Utilities my type on paper!
Read on to find your perfect Love Island-inspired getaway.
A cozy cottage in the wine town of Franschhoek
Sadly, Villa Love Island in South Africa’s vineyard-lined Franschhoek Valley will soon no longer be available for rent. But we’ve got the next best thing: a one-bedroom cottage with a private yard, an outdoor hot tub, and a pergola perfect for date night.
It is located on the outskirts of Franschhoek in Leeu Estates, a sprawling private retreat. They even have a butler to attend to your every need. Read and cry, dear islanders.
From £2,112 per night on a B&B basis.
Read more at Lee Collection.
Mabula Lodge is simply the beast
Fancy animal magic? Sign up for this 10-day safari and stay overnight at Mabula Game Lodge in South Africa’s Mabula Private Game Reserve, against the backdrop of the Waterberg Mountains.
You’ll learn about the reserve’s conservation initiatives (including the award-winning Hornbill Project) and spend your days searching for the planet’s most glorious beasts (no, we don’t mean Love Islander David).
From £2,201 (was £2,589) per person for travel from May 22, including international flights and transfers.
Read more at Newmarket Holidays.
The best of Cape Self Drive honeymoons
If Love Island winners are looking for a way to save their money, they should consider this bucket list trip – and if they book before February 18 for a trip between May and August 23, they’ll get £260 off.
It’s an 11-day hat-trick of the best of South Africa, starting in Cape Town, including a tour of South Africa’s west coast and a stay at Bushmans Kloof – a Relais & Châteaux property in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains.
From £2,755 per person including car hire and international flights.
Read more at Wexas Travel.
Drinking in the Western Cape
Love Islander Will would feel right at home on this nine day tour through the lush green valleys of the Western Cape, ending at the tranquil 4* Spier Hotel & Wine Farm.
Along the way, soak up the atmosphere of bustling Cape Town, enjoy a full-day safari at a private game reserve and take the opportunity to go whale watching from the whale capital of the world, Hermanus. Talk about unreal.
From £1,841 per person including car hire and international flights.
Read more on Hays Travel.
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