Love Island contestants treated to luxury surroundings before the show

The Love Island launch show always begins with the sexy singletons being in awe at the stunning surroundings they will call their home for the duration of the series.

However, before the show airs the genetically-blessed guys and girls will have already come accustomed to the luxury settings on offer in the idyllic setting of South Africa.

Ahead of the show, the contestants get taken to a high-end property where they pose for a pre-show photoshoot where they can soak up the view and get a taste of the kind of place they will be staying in during the series.

They also have their hair and make-up done professionally in order to look every inch the perfect islanders.

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Once they get inside the official Love Island villa to start filming, the soon-to-be stars receive heaps of perks including having their meals cooked for them by caterers and being treated to cleaners who do their washing and change their bedsheets.

They also don't have to worry about clothes as a brand will be partnered up with the show to give the contestants' wardrobes a fashionable update and the living space is kitted out with cosmetics alongside high-end hair styling products.

The South African villa is five times the size of the show’s Majorcan retreat.

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Based in Constantia, Cape Town, the multi-level property boasts a new feature called The Dog House.

Islanders booted out of the communal bedroom will be relegated to a pull-down bed they will be forced to make themselves.

Previously, when couples rowed, one would sleep outside on sofas or daybeds.

There is also a boys’ dressing room to let the men bond, and a large staircase.

The fire pit makes a welcome return to host the show’s famous dumplings.

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Outside decks on three levels allow private chats while the kitchen has extra seating.

The garden's coloured bean bag chairs also make a comeback this year, where in the past islanders have done most of their daytime bitching and flirting.

When things get a little too heated, the singletons will be able to make use of a huge swimming pool and patio area that overlooks the stunning Cape Town countryside.

And after taking a dip, the rows of sunbeds should provide the perfect spot for the islanders to work on topping up their tans.

The new series – and first winter version – of Love Island kicks off on January 12.

*Love Island starts this Sunday on ITV2 at 9pm

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