Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Love Island after the summer show had to be canceled in 2020 amid the pandemic.
And it seems the wait is almost over after builders set to work in the spacious Majorcan villa that housed the gorgeous singletons on Thursday.
Several men appeared to be building the expansive set while making the most of the sunny Spanish weather and sawing large chunks of wood outside, while other crew members restored the important sunbeds.
At work: It looks like Love Island fans won’t have to wait much longer for the 2021 season to kick off after seeing builders make a set in the spacious Majorcan villa on Thursday.
While another image showed the crew working in an elevated area above the pool, constructing what appeared to be a covered area where the daybeds have been in previous years.
Three men were seen working in this spot, while another person paid attention to a higher location, which would make a great vantage point for watching budding romances in the outdoor social space.
Elsewhere, a small platform was set up by the pool, suggesting that this year’s participants could have a fresh poolside hangout to discuss their romances.
In addition to building the set, landscaping work seemed to be underway around the villa to make it look as beautiful as possible with several watering cans dotted around the place for people to work on reviving the plants.
Bring it on: Laura Whitmore will host the series, but an official launch date has not yet been announced by ITV
The villa where the show was filmed in 2019 before the start of the coronavirus pandemic is located near the small town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in eastern Mallorca.
In recent years, participants have been treated to many cozy outdoor enclosures where they can pull each other up for chats, as well as large spaces for group tasks and the infamous dumpings.
Villas are usually colorfully themed, with ITV couplers in bright yellow, blue and pink hues on everything from the floor cushions to the water bottles to the casts, but none of these accessories were seen in place on Thursday.
ITV has not yet made an official announcement as to where the dating show will be filmed, although presenter Laura Whitmore filmed promotional content for the series in East London earlier this month.
All options for chats: Another image showed the crew working in an elevated space above the pool, constructing a covered section that resembled what the daybed space looked like in previous years
Refurbishing: A small platform was also seen next to the pool, suggesting another area to be constructed and several watering cans have been seen around the place as the team makes the villa look perfect for filming
The reality show will return to TV in early June and usually runs for eight weeks through August.
On Wednesday, a source told The Sun: ‘The Love Island bosses are determined to return to the villa this summer and have been working hard to make it happen.
While they are confident that the series will continue in its original location, there are still concerns that rules will suddenly change. At the moment, however, things are looking good. ‘
According to eyewitnesses, there are also signs on the site speculating about security measures for the coronavirus.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country, which is currently on the government’s amber list, meaning travel barriers to the show have been lifted.
Contracts for this year’s Love Island had Mallorca written in, although backup options, such as Jersey and Cornwall, were on the table in case Covid’s travel restrictions meant Spain was off limits.
Sprawling: The beautiful Love Island villa is known for its luxurious outdoor space and several social areas around the pool, with producers always doing everything they can to make sure it looks great (pictured in 2017)
Dump Time: One of the main areas on the property is the fire pit, where participants meet to see if they’ve been dumped off the island (the villa pictured in 2018)
Bright and Cheerful: There is usually a colorful theme in a villa, with ITV couplers in bright yellow, blue and pink hues on everything from the floor cushions to the water bottles to the castings, but none of these accessories were seen on Thursday.
Sanchez said at the Fitur trade show in Madrid: ‘I am pleased to announce that the ministerial order will be officially published today, exempting UK citizens from temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to Spain.
‘I can therefore announce that we are happy to welcome all British tourists from next Monday, May 24.
“They are welcome to enter our country without restrictions and without health requirements.”
It was previously reported that TV bosses arranged for an additional cast to fly to Mallorca in May and go into quarantine alongside the main set of singletons as a precautionary measure from Covid.
A source said The sun: ‘Every precaution has been taken to make it run smoothly. In addition to the additional cast, they included Covid safety precautions and more checks on participants’ mental health.
Around the pool: Although they have a beautiful infinity-style pool, many participants choose to stay on the bean bags and grass (the villa pictured in 2019)
Home: Other options tipped to host Love Island in 2021 included Jersey and Cornwall (photo of the Majorcan villa in 2018)
Safety first: Eyewitnesses say there are signs on site speculating on coronavirus safety precautions (villa pictured in 2018)
Where It’s All Happening: The Sun reported Wednesday that hardhats workmen are hard at work on the property, which hasn’t housed a reality TV hope for two years during the pandemic (villa pictured in 2018)
Everyone is very excited. Restrictions are relaxed, Euro football has begun and Love Island is back in Mallorca. What else do you want? ‘
However, a Love Island representative told MailOnline, “We are currently unable to confirm locations for the upcoming Love Island series.”
Love Island 2020’s summer series was canceled after production found it “ logistically impossible ” to host the show as the pandemic raged.
Candidates for the next series have reportedly been told that they must be off for 10 weeks abroad and undergo a psychological and physical assessment.
It was previously reported that Jersey will be insured for filming this summer if production cannot take place at the show’s usual location, Mallorca.
Sources told The sun: ‘The Channel Islands get a lot of sun, so it makes sense to keep Love Island there if we can’t go back to Spain.’
Finally! Workers have descended on the site for the past few days, with trucks filled with construction equipment and building materials spotted on site (main entrance to the villa pictured in 2018)