What is The Romance Retreat, ITV1’s middle-aged Love Island?

Get your application in if you are a vibrant single parent whose offspring is over 18  (ITV/PA Media)
Get your application in if you are a vibrant single parent whose offspring is over 18 (ITV/PA Media)

ITV’s new spin on Love Island will be focusing on finding love for middle-aged parents.

The Romance Retreat features a twist and, although not much is known about the show, it is believed that parents will be able to bring their children to the lavish villa abroad.

The broadcaster said: “ITV1 are looking for vibrant single parents from across the UK who are in search of love, for a brand new dating show!

“This is the ONLY dating show where single parents can search for love, by spending time in a luxury retreat, where all the parents have been nominated by their grown up children.”

How to apply

The application deadline for the new season, according to the application form, is Friday March 31.

There are a few requirements before candidates apply:

  • The child shall be aged at least 18 (eighteen) years old on or before 1 May 2023.

  • The parent’s relationship status shall be single.

  • Both parent and child are not hired by the ITV plc group of companies.

  • Both family members are a legal resident in the United Kingdom.

When will The Romance Retreat air?

Since the deadline for the application is the end of March, it is expected to be released during the summer.

Who will host The Romance Retreat?

A host is yet to be confirmed for the show.

However, according to rumours, TV legend Davina McCall could host the new season after she discussed a show with a related idea on The Diary of a CEO podcast.

Talking on the podcast to host Stephen Bartlett she said she had pitched “middle-aged” Love Island to ITV bosses, saying: “I could fill a villa in Love Island with middle-aged people with the best back stories you have ever heard in your life.”

“They’ve lived a life – they’re widows, they’re people who have been through horrific divorces. They are people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try going out with somebody the same sex as them. They’re like interesting people. I’d watch that show.”

They “might consider [her]” for something “quite similar” she was later told by ITV.