Sun, sea and sand make for a very merry Christmas for Alexandra Burke What better way to dispel the winter blues than basking in the heat on a beautiful Barbados beach?

That's exactly what Alexandra Burke decided to do over the festive period this year to unwind after a busy few months on the promotional trail.

The 21-year-old jetted out to the Caribbean island with a group of friends on December 26 to celebrate Christmas with some fun in the sun.

With time off after marking the launch of her debut single, its follow-up and her first album, the Islington-born singer certainly looked happy to be relaxing in warmer climes.

Making the most of her curvaceous figure in a series of bikinis, Alexandra was, unsurprisingly, the centre of attention as she hit the shoreline, surrounded by a group of handsome young men.

But despite the male attention, she was still missing one special someone - her sibling Sheniece.

"Arrived at my destination safe and sound," the X Factor star tweeted upon her arrival on the island.

"It's beautiful here! Paradise!! Wish I had my sister with me :-(".

Taking a leaf out of Simon Cowell's book, the Londoner is staying at the five star Sandy Lane Hotel whilst in Barbados - the usual haunt of the record boss during his visits there.

Alexandra is by no means the only famous face spotted soaking up the sun on the idylilic isle this holiday season.

Jude Law and Sienna Miller have further fuelled rekindled romance reports by being photographed holidaying there together.

And native girl Rihanna also headed home for her December break.

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