Life's a beach for Heidi Klum as she enjoys some winter sunshine

Stretched out like a cat, Heidi Klum basks in the sun as she enjoys a winter holiday at a secluded tropical hideaway. The busy mum-of-four made the most of her down time and had a friend on hand to capture the serene image, which she later posted on Twitter with the caption, "Island speed", referring to the languid pace of her unnamed location.


This Christmas will bring about a lot of change for the star, who split with husband Seal back in January after admitting they had "grown apart". Both parents will be planning shared festive arrangements for their four children – Leni, eight – whom Seal adopted – as well as six-year-old Henry, Johan, five, and two-year-old Lou.

Now that things have settled and she is "very happy" in her new relationship with her bodyguard Martin Kirsten, Heidi – who is well known for her love of festive holidays – is embracing the season wholeheartedly. In early December, the model was snapped partying with Santa Claus at her annual Halloween party, which was postponed after the devastation caused by super storm Sandy.


At the bash, fans got to see her spectacular Cleopatra costume in all its glory – complete with her jewelled face mask, which glittered with hundreds of Swarovski crystals. The Project Runway host danced the night away at her Haunted Holiday soiree and was clearly in high spirits as she sat on Santa's knee and treated the man with the bag to his very own gift – a peck on the cheek.

Ms Klum's joie de vivre is no doubt due to the fact that she has found love again with hunky Martin. Speaking of her boyfriend during a recent TV interview, Heidi said: "He's been with our family for the last four years. He's cared for our entire family, mostly for our four children, helped us tremendously.

"I trust him with my children's life. He's a great man, you know, and we just got to know each other from a completely different side."