Create your very own Love Island in these romantic destinations

Love Island is over for another year and we don’t know what to do with ourselves now either. The lights have gone out over the villa as Kem and Amber ride off into the sunset to start a new life £50,000 richer.

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of muggings, grafting, shade, pie-ing, Marcel telling everyone he was in Blazin’ Squad, Kem and Chris rapping, Camilla crying, Theo being a genuinely awful person, Caroline Flack, that Scottish voiceover fella, that weird game where they sprayed ketchup on each other and, of course, romance.

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and the backdrop to summer 2017 is over but we are already buzzin’ for it to start all over again next year.

Wait, if you’ve been inspired by the dramatic setting of the rolling Balearic hills and the endless cloudless skies why not have your very own Love Island? We’ve scoured Europe for the most romantic destinations where you can create your own little slice of paradise.

Positano, Italy

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Since we’re taking inspiration from Love Island it is only natural that we start with somewhere that is not an island but sure is romantic – Positano. Forming part of Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast, the town is one of the most picturesque in the region with vibrant colours shimmering off the waters.

The sun-bleached houses contrast wonderfully with the greenery of the valley while the illuminating golden sands are complimented with the deep azure of the ocean – this is truly a slice of paradise. Pull up a chair at the nearest trattoria, order a glass of prosecco and spend an afternoon watching the world go by.

Santorini, Greece

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The Love Island villa could certainly boast a beautiful sunset but when it comes to watching the sun disappearing over the horizon nowhere can touch Santorini. The Greek island looks like a page out of a fairytale with the wealth of whitewashed villas providing specks of white in a mass of deep blue sea and sky.

While the daytime is filled with relaxing on the beach, embracing a Mediterranean diet of olives, feta and bread with oil it is nightfall that provides the most spectacular sight. Watch the orange and red glow sparkle off the water and reflect back from the cliffs. It is a moment that will melt anyone’s heart.

Gozo, Malta

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Nothing says romance than a tranquil haven that feels cut off from the rest of the world – that is what you can look forward to in Gozo. Malta’s sister island let’s you be at one with nature, sit by the shore with just the sound of crashing waves, gaze out on to luscious landscapes and simply embrace life at a slower pace.

Drink in the amazing panoramas and then sample the unique cuisine that this part of the world has to offer – it is total bliss.

Mykonos, Greece

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We’ve got a little love affair with the Greek islands and it seems we’re not the only ones. Mykonos is a playground the rich and famous as they frequent the stylish beach bars in the uber fashionable Mykonos Town.

While Gozo may be a tranquil paradise, here you will find a foot to the floor party of all the most beautiful people you’ve ever seen – a bit like Love Island. Enjoy an afternoon sipping cocktails by the sea and then dance the night away in one of the multitude of hip nightspots.

Majorca, Spain

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Of course, you could literally try and recreate your own Love Island by holidaying in Majorca. Hire a villa overlooking the Balearic hills, build a fire pit next to the swimming pool and then decide which member of your party has to leave every week – although two months in a villa could be a little expensive.

Alternatively, you could spend a week in the quaint town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar (the actual location used in the show). Take in the beautiful architecture and then have a traditional Spanish meal at Michelin Star Moli d’en Bou restaurant – an experience you certainly won’t have to graft for.

Live the Love Island for yourself with a stay in these romantic destinations. You’ve grafted all year so don’t get mugged off and book with Sunmaster to get a buzzin’ deal. Use our deal finder at www.sunmaster.co.uk to create your dream break.