The second season of Love Island is about to kick off on Monday, August 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere episode. It will then air nightly after that at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, with a two-hour weekly recap episode airing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
As the season kicks off, here’s what you need to know about the filming location and how the show is able to go into production during the COVID-19 pandemic — because the season is being shot in real-time, it was not filmed months ago and is only being broadcast now like with some shows.
The Filming Location
Instead of filming on an actual tropical island this year, filming is being held in a villa on top of Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel The Cromwell in Las Vegas. The villa features sweeping views, a secret jacuzzi, the romantic Hideaway, boys and girls dressing rooms, a private cabana and more. Photos are below.
In a preview video, host Arielle Vandenberg says of The Cromwell, “The iconic hotel has been transformed into a fun and sexy villa by production designer Richard Jensen … this is where Love Island season two begins, so make sure you tune in.”
The villa by the numbers is as follows: 27,000 feet of fairy lights, 25,000 square feet of living space, 8000 feet of neon lights, 1000 feet of overhead bulbs, 22 neon signs, 10 natural palm trees, 8 beds, and two hot tubs.
The Cromwell is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, across the street from such famed landmarks as the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Paris Las Vegas, and Caesars Palace. It opened as The Cromwell in 2014. The building was originally opened in 1979 as the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino and was later turned into Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon in 2007. According to the Las Vegas Sun, when it was converted from Barbary to Bill’s, the hotel added almost 50 rooms and the casino added 10,000 square feet.
The Cromwell now boasts 188 rooms, down about 10 from Bill’s, and features Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub, Drai’s After Hours, and Giada De Laurentiis’ self-titled restaurant. According to The Cromwells official site, the restaurant menu “consists of Italian cuisine with refreshing, Californian influences and a wine selection that has earned Wine Spectator’s 2019 Best of Award of Excellence. Menu items include lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni. Giada adds a lighter touch to her dishes, all while staying true to classic Italian recipes.”
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
As the health and safety of everyone involved in Love Island is the highest priority, ITV will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19. All Las Vegas staff and crew working on the production and all cast participating will be within quarantined “bubbles” where they will undergo isolation before production begins and be tested prior to beginning work, and the cast will be tested prior to their participation.
They will also all be regularly tested throughout the season, as well as screened daily for symptoms. Crew and staff will be required to wear PPE and work in pods to enhance social distancing. Stringent and ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in filming and production areas will be in place. In addition, COVID-19 compliance officers will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.
Love Island airs every night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, with a two-hour weekly recap show airing Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 10 pm. ET/PT.