Don't get me wrong, the Mexico villa from the first season of Too Hot to Handle was gorgeous. But season two of Too Hot to Handle looks like it's filmed in actual paradise, from the sparkling blue sea to the white sand and lush landscape. In actuality, season two was filmed in Turks and Caicos—so, the closest to paradise you can get—on the island of Providenciales. Specifically, the Too Hot to Handle villa is the Turtle Tail Estate, which costs $10,000 per night to rent and is a 4.57-acre peninsula, per Caribbean Journal, worth a casual $20 million. Good news: As of this writing, it's available to rent in 2023! Walk, don't run! As long as you have $10,000 kicking about! (And another $10,000 for the security deposit!)
So, why the venue change? Well, first of all, the contestants were tricked into thinking they were on an entirely different show—Parties in Paradise, the producers named it—and walking into the Too Hot to Handle villa might have been a giveaway. Second, and more urgently, COVID-19 safety protocols forced the move from Mexico. And it wasn't just the second season that was filmed on the Turtle Tail Estate—the third season, filmed back-to-back with the second, was also filmed at that location immediately after the second season filmed. (You can expect that one to air in the summer of 2022.)
Previous guests of the Turtle Tail Estate have included Rihanna and Diddy (formerly P. Diddy), according to the Radio Times. Booking the private peninsula also gets you your own private chef and butler, in addition to full access of the entire resort. Per the Caribbean Journal, the estate "has a gym, a wine cellar, a game room, an ocean-facing office, a lighted tennis court, a hardwood beach-facing deck and top of the line video and audio systems." The Journal called it "one of the most spectacular homes in the Caribbean."
The cast have confirmed that they spent much of the winter of 2020 in the resort, with Chase DeMoor confirming: "We were there all of November and all of December, basically." (And if that's the resort in the winter, can you even imagine it the rest of the year?)
In the ultimate Netflix crossover, Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn narrated a tour of the estate:
Behold, the peninsula in the opening shots of season two:
And the cast, casually hanging out in their very own $20 million paradise:
Sooo. Anyone got a spare $10,000 lying around they want to
lend give me for my new dream vacation?