Gwyneth Paltrow relaxes beachside on perfect winter holiday in Mexico

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Gwyneth Paltrow escaped for the perfect winter holiday by jetting off to Mexico with her children Apple, ten, and eight-year-old Moses, and the health guru and actress showed fans exactly how it's done with a series of picture-perfect beach snaps. The 42-year-old shared several shots of breathtaking sea vistas, gourmet meals and of the star lounging pool-side in the days following the celebration of her friend Crystal Lourd's 50th birthday.

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Gwyneth enjoyed a winter break in Mexico

"Some snaps from a little mini-vacation down in Mexico at The St. Regis Punta Mita," she wrote on her Goop website.

It appears that the five-star resort was the perfect choice for the family holiday, as she added: "The kids were in heaven: Activities galore, endless buffets, and a pristine beach just steps away."

A smiling selfie showed the actress looking sun-kissed and relaxed with her blonde locks pulled back into a ponytail and wearing large sunglasses, after a busy few weeks promoting her new film Mortdecai.

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The actress shared snaps of her perfect winter break on her Goop website

Another snap taken by the mum-of-two showed the tips of her toes as she relaxed on a pristine sandy beach with ocean views. Gwyneth also made sure she made the most of the resort's infinity pool – complete with a set of fountains and sweeping palm trees – in another shot, where her toned legs were seen to the knees.

The stunning blonde, who is famous for her healthy eating regimes and diets, also revealed what was on the menu on holiday, posting a picture of fish tacos with lime wedges, salsas and ice-cold Mexican beer.

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She also celebrated the 50th birthday of a friend while on holiday in Mexico

While Gwyneth showed plenty of shots of her down-time, she also found time to let her hair down for the extravagant birthday celebrations which included a "jam-packed" itinerary of activities.

A source told Us Weekly that Gwyneth was "drinking margaritas" and "dancing on the beach" with friends during the day, while her children played in the sea nearby.

The insider said that on the first night guests enjoyed a Mexican-themed beach party complete with a photo booth and props, plus a fireworks show over the ocean.

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Gwyneth stayed at the five-star St. Regis Punta Mita

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