WITH Love Island back on our screens, who wouldn’t love to sunbathe, party and flirt in a fabulous villa in Mallorca?
But you don’t need chiseled abs and your face on TV to have a hot spot.
If you’re sharing with a group of family or friends out of season, you can have your own Love Island villa in the sun – even on a budget.
Trisha Harbord unearths hot deals. . .
YOU don’t see the Love Island contestants cooking their own dinner, so why should you?
For those with a ‘no kitchen on holiday’ rule, choose a villa near a good selection of bars and restaurants that won’t break the bank.
The ultra-modern villa Labin Retreat is nestled in the lush forest of Istria in Croatia, yet close enough to the medieval market town of Labin, where you can find dishes for everyone, from seafood to pizza.
Additional attraction: It is only 15 minutes from the Gulf of Kvarner, one of the most beautiful bays in Europe.
Go: Six beds. Seven nights self-service costs from £949 (£158 pp) between September 25 and October 15.
See jamesvillas.co.uk. Ryanair flies from Stansted to Pula from £45 return. See ryanair.com.
The Love Island Majorcan villa is huge, but for a smaller, more intimate gathering, the four-person Sa Volta is perfect.
The stone property still has plenty of space, from the large mosaic-tiled pool to the seven seating areas in the gardens.
It’s in the picturesque village of Selva, which has a Gothic church housing artwork, cobbled streets and a market on Wednesdays.
Plus, it’s only a 40-minute drive from the island’s capital, Palma, with its great shopping, bars, restaurants and clubs for partygoers.
Additional attraction: It lies beneath the Tramuntana Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Go: For four people, seven nights of self-catering accommodation costs from £1,049 (£262.25 pp) arriving September 30.
See jamesvillas.co.uk. EasyJet flies from Bristol to Palma for around £60 return. See easyjet.com.
IF you are in a group but also want your own space, Villas de Tauro is a great choice.
Individual villas, each with a pool and garden, sit at the foot of a cliff on Gran Canaria’s La Playa Del Tauro resort.
The resort is centered on a quiet beach and close to the golden sandy beaches of Amadores.
Take a champagne cruise around the island or explore the hiking and biking trails. Bicycle and car rental can be arranged.
Additional attraction: Anfi Tauro, a desert golf course, is nearby.
Go: Six beds. Seven nights’ self-catering in a three-bedroom villa, with flights to Birmingham and car hire, on September 18, cost from £739 pp. For more information, see jet2holidays.com.
VILLA Aria on Turkey’s Lycian Coast has real Love Island appeal.
An infinity pool, jacuzzi and gym will keep those bodies in shape.
Then there are sun terraces to show them off, alfresco dining for cocktails and six bedrooms for sleepovers.
Best of all, the views from Aria are surprisingly good, with spectacular sunsets that make a terrific backdrop for photos.
If you’re tired of lazing around, Kalkan Beach Club is a great place to hang out and Kalkan’s old town is full of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Additional attraction: Fabulous steam room for massage and relaxation.
Go: 11 beds. Seven nights self-catering accommodation from £1,524 (£138.50 pp) in October. See vintagetravel.co.uk.
Many airlines fly to Dalaman, including easyJet with return fares from £185 pp. See easyjet.com.
THE Florida coast is the perfect place for a proposal, with sugar-white sand, emerald green waters and breathtaking sunsets.
Take advantage of it all by staying in a villa close to the beach on the beautiful island of Anna Maria.
Visit Anna Maria Bayfront Park for views of Tampa Bay and the four-mile Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Go dolphin watching and parasailing over the Gulf of Mexico and shop at the Coquina Beach Market.
The pastel-colored clapboard villas can be booked as a package.
Additional attraction: The private heated pool lined with palm trees.
Go: Six beds. Seven nights’ self catering in a two bedroom villa, including return BA flights from Gatwick to Tampa and van hire, costs from £1,065pp (£177.50) mid- September to mid-October.
EVERYONE is falling in love with this Greek treasure island.
It has a stunning coastline with idyllic bays, medieval castles, traditional villages and sea caves.
Do as much as you want here. Soak up the sun or go canoeing, horse riding, sailing, walking and hiking.
Villa Elina stands on a large plot in Svoronata, overlooking the sea in the southwest of the island.
It features a heated swimming pool with jacuzzi, a terrace and an outdoor dining area with a barbie.
Additional attraction: A Greek-American chef is available for hire – and there are cooking lessons!
Go: Six beds. Seven nights’ rental in the three-bedroom villa costs from £1,322 (£220 pp) in October. See splvillas.com.
British Airways flies from London to Kefalonia from around £200 return. See britishairways.com.