Boris Johnson vowed last week to lead a ‘People’s Government’.
But before he gets started, it seems he’s having a break at a £20,000-a-week Caribbean villa to mark his thumping election victory.
The Sun newspaper claims to have found the luxury resort on the island of Mustique where the Prime Minister and his girlfriend, the environmental campaigner Carrie Symonds, are seeing in the New Year.
The Moroccan-style stone villa has six double bedrooms, three private swimming pools, two bars, a library and four dedicated staff – a butler, chef, gardener and housekeeper.
Millionaire Tory leader Mr Johnson will also enjoy three ornamental ponds, a gazebo and three 4x4s to explore the 1,400-acre private island – a haunt of celebs and the royal family.
Created by Swedish architect Arne Hasselqvist in the 1970s, the sumptous Oceanus villa is described as “perfect for large families and house parties” by its owner.
A brochure obtained by the newspaper says: “The open air plan provides the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor living spaces.
“Multiple sunset decks and lounge areas with seven lighted water features make the property well suited for entertaining.
“This tranquil villa rests harmoniously on a hilltop overlooking Britannia Bay, which offers perfect trade wind breezes and panoramic views of the surrounding Caribbean and lush landscape of the island.”
The Prime Minister is said to have paid for his own British Airways flight, but it is not clear who is picking up the tab for his stay with the Von Bismark family – who are descended from the first German chancellor Otto Von Bismark.
The Sun reports that Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds have arrived at Mustique on Boxing Day after arriving on a nearby island and taking a small plane the final leg of the way.
It marks a dramatic break from staycationing Tory PMs – and instead harks back to Tony Blair’s infamously luxurious getaways, which included staying in Sir Cliff Richard’s Barbados holiday home in 2003.
Tory austerity architect David Cameron was careful to be photographed in Cornwall while Theresa May took low-key walking holidays in Wales, northern Italy and Switzerland.
It also appears to mark a break from the Tory government’s own carefully-crafted policy to appear humble after winning a clutch of northern Labour heartland seats which had never before turned blue.
Last week Boris Johnson – who once described his £250,000 columnist’s salary as “chicken feed” – banned ministers from the World Economic Forum in Davos in a bid to shed the Tories’ reputation as the party of billionaires.
And he declared his ‘People’s government’ would be led by a ‘People’s Cabinet’.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn does also take Transatlantic holidays – but for a different reason. He visits his wife Laura Alvarez’s family in Mexico.
Known for its white-sand beaches, the exclusive island of Mustique in the archipelago nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines is a favourite of the rich and famous with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger owning land there.
Bought for £45,000 in 1958 by the aristocrat Lord Glenconner, it was turned into a self-described “private island hideaway for the rich and famous” after he bought Princess Margaret a plot in 1960.
Other celebrity guests have included Sir Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp, Jon Bon Jovi, Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Noel Gallagher.
And the island has been visited by the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Oceanus villa was described in reports as costing £20,000 a week. Its website suggests the cost over Christmas and new year may be even higher – with prices currently advertised as $42,000 (£32,000) a week.