Where is Too Hot To Handle filmed? Locations featured in the Netflix dating show

The backdrop the show is a beautiful one

Too Hot to Handle filmed in a familiar location as illustrated by the cast of Too Hot to Handle season 5 laughing on a beach at night
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Too Hot To Handle filmed in a beautiful location, but where? At this location you'll find sun, sand, sea, but absolutely no sex for the dating show with a twist. 

Put a group of young, beautiful single people wearing very few clothes in the same place and what do you get? A cash prize diminishing by the second, that's what. Too Hot To Handle is a dating show with a twist - the contestants are all people who love flings and struggle to form long-term relationships, but they're also told sexual activity is not allowed.  Instead they have to form meaningful connections - and anything sexual is punishable by money taken out of the cash prize pot. 

Since first airing in 2020, the show has proved wildly popular and has several spin-off versions. Too Hot to Handle season 5 of the hit reality dating show is currently airing, and aside from the drama and sexual tension, fans want to know some behind-the-scenes facts. As well as which couples are still together from the Too Hot To Handle season 4 cast - plus if Alex and Elys and Christine and Louis are still together from this year's participants - we've taken a look at where Too Hot To Handle is filmed.

Where is Too Hot To Handle filmed?

Both seasons 4 and 5 of Too Hot To Handle were filmed at the Emerald Pavilion in Turks and Caicos. Seasons two and three were also filmed in Turks and Caicos, but at a different villa. Meanwhile, season one of the show was filmed in Punta Mita, Mexico, at the Casa Tau estate. 

The Emerald Pavillion website describes the season 4 and 5 filming location as "A premier beachfront estate set upon the exclusive Emerald Point Peninsula in Leeward, Turks and Caicos." Adding to the description, it states "This magnificent villa boasts one acre of prime beachfront property along world-renowned Grace Bay Beach. Emerald Pavilion is one of the most exceptional villa rental offerings on the market in the Caribbean islands." 

The beautiful location previously housed celebrity guests including Rihanna and P Diddy, with the daily rate for the estate currently listed at eye-watering prices ranging from £6,876.00 to £21,392.01. Weekly rates range between £48,132.02 to £149,744.06. 

Seasons two and three of Too Hot to Handle were filmed back to back at the Turtle Tail estate, situated at Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. This estate stands on a private 4.57-acre peninsula and includes options to have a personal chef and butler when staying at the estate, which has a large wrap-around pool, ocean-side loungers, cocktail bars and a firepit. 

The season one villa is also available to hire as a holiday destination - if you've got around $13,000 to spare, that is - and can reportedly accommodate up to 27 guests in its 12 ensuite bedrooms.

When was Too Hot To Handle filmed?

Too Hot To Handle season 5 was ordered in January 2023, so it was likely filmed in the spring.

According to Buzzfeed, the audition process to enter the show involves two video calls - one where contestants are asked about their sex lives, and another where they're asked questions to determine if they're interested in forming more meaningful connections. 

Previous contestant Cam said "Because of the premise of the show, they want people who are very sexual, very excitable party people - and they also want people to have a different side. My first call was obviously, 'Girls, girls, girls, dating, dating, dating' and then second one was more, 'What more have you got to offer? Have you got a different side to you?'"

How long do they stay at the resort in Too Hot To Handle?

Filming Too Hot To Handle takes from 4 - 6 weeks, with contestants spending varying amounts of time filming at the resort. Some contestants will be there for longer if they are in the show from start to finish, while newcomers brought in to spice up the action or rule-breaking contestants that are asked to leave, won't spend as long at the resort.

Producer Louise Peet spoke to People to offer clarity about the timeline. Speaking about season 1, she said "We went to Mexico for a month and we were filming for about 21 to 25 days in April 2019. We wanted it to feel otherworldly. The cast is otherworldly, Lana is otherworldly, so we just wanted to feel as exotic and hot and sexy as possible. So Mexico, for a long, hot month, was the perfect place to set this."

A sofa on decking in the Too Hot to Handle villa with palm trees in the background

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Is Too Hot To Handle on a real island?

Although Too Hot To Handle isn't filmed on a private island, the Turks and Caicos islands where seasons two to five were filmed, are a real collection of islands.

The islands are a tropical Atlantic archipelago located 575 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. The country is a British Overseas Territory and has a population of around 44,543. There are thought to be about 100 named islands and cays in the Turks and Caicos. 

The islands in the area are generally quite small, and are primarily known for luxury tourism, which is the primary source of income. Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales houses the majority of resorts and hotels in the country.

We've revealed the filming locations of other popular Netflix shows, including where Perfect Match was filmed, where Love is Blind season 4 was filmed and the You season 4 filming locations.

Lucy Wigley
Parenting writer - contributing

Lucy is a mum-of-two, multi-award nominated writer and blogger with six years’ of experience writing about parenting, family life, and TV. Lucy has contributed content to PopSugar and moms.com. In the last three years, she has transformed her passion for streaming countless hours of television into specialising in entertainment writing. There is now nothing she loves more than watching the best shows on television and sharing why you - and your kids - should watch them.