Paradise is not lost! Sir Paul McCartney, 75, takes wife Nancy Shevell, 58, and his grandchildren for festive break in St Barts... while fellow famous devotees avoid the island three months after devastation of Hurricane Irma
- Hurricane Irma killed 11 people on the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy in September
- Irma killed four people and injured dozens on St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island shared with St Martin
- Famous holidaymakers have sought winter sun elsewhere this Christmas, despite the destination being a favourite among such stars as the Kardashians, the Hiltons and the Hadids
It's been just over three months since Hurricane Irma threatened to flatten holiday hotspot St. Barts.
But Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was not put off his annual festive break on the island, after jetting in with wife Nancy Shevell, 58, and his grandchildren on Boxing Day.
Having gathered his family in the idyllic destination to ring in 2017, Sir Paul, 75, was unlike fellow celebrities who have chosen to decamp to other islands for their fix of winter sun this Christmas.
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Sunshine break: Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell jetted into St Barts for their annual getaway to ring in the New Year
Sir Paul spent Christmas with his smitten partner Nancy after wrapping his exciting tour in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.
The Beatles musical icon, 75, flashed a cheery thumbs up as he stepped onto the idyllic Caribbean island - a favourite among such famous families as the Kardashians, the Hiltons and the Hadids - alongside his glamorous partner Nancy, 58.
Nancy dressed perfectly for the warmer weather, donning a simple white printed T-shirt with skinny black leather trousers.
Sweeping her raven tresses off her face, the brunette beauty shielded her eyes behind a stylish pair of black round-eye frames.
Fun for all the family: Two of Paul's grandchildren, Stella's sons Miller (left) and Beckett (right) were seen arriving with him on Boxing Day
Feeling good: The Beatles musical icon, 75, flashed a cheery thumbs up as he stepped off the private plane alongside glamorous Nancy, 58
Their favourite: Here in 2016, Paul and Nancy are known to spend their festive break in idyllic St Barts
Their favourite spot: And again in 2015, Nancy and Paul have been known to go back year after year
Letting her casual look do all the talking, she accessorised with an opulent pair of blue beaded round earrings.
Meanwhile, Paul appeared to be in great spirits as he chatted and laughed away with Nancy while climbing down from the jet.
The musical icon dressed casually in a breezy white open-neck shirt and black jeans teamed with a white straw hat.
Terrifying: Hurricane Irma struck the island in September, killing 11 people on the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy and four more people on St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island shared with St Martin
Devastation: A once-idyllic location - a favourite among celebrities - was wrecked by the natural disaster
Left behind: Nearly a third of all buildings on the Dutch half of the Caribbean island were destroyed
In September, it was confirmed that Irma killed at least 11 people on the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.
Irma killed four people and injured dozens on St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island shared with St Martin.
Nearly a third of all buildings on the Dutch half of the Caribbean island were destroyed and more than 90 per cent damaged by Hurricane Irma.
Jetsetter chic: Nancy dressed perfectly for the warmer weather, donning a simple white printed T-shirt with skinny black leather trousers
Natural beauty: Sweeping her raven tresses off her face, the brunette beauty shielded her eyes behind a stylish pair of black round-eye frame
Among the luxury resorts, favoured among celebrities, to have been impacted was Eden Rock Hotel on St Barthelemy.
The resort - where rooms start from £777 - is owned by the parents of MIC star Spencer Matthews and his brother, Pippa Middleton's husband James
Built in 1950, Eden Rock was the first hotel on the islands and was visited by Rothschilds, but was pictured strewn with rubble in September.
Just last year, during the festive break, St Barts was visited by notable stars including Jennifer Connelly and her husband Paul Bettany, Ashley Oslen, Olivia Palermo, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chrissy Teigen.
Going elsewhere: During the festive period in 2016, St Barts welcomed stars including Ashley Oslen (left) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal (right), to name but a few
Happy holidays: Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend were also among the famous holidaymakers
The great and the good: Model Izabel Goulart and Kevin Trapp spent Christmas Day there in 2016
Beach babe: Victoria Silvstedt is a regular on the golden sands (here in December 2016)
It's our favourite: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi (here in 2010) have long favoured holiday stays in St Barts
St Barts is known to be a favourite of Kris Jenner and her famous Kardashian brood, as well as Hilton heiresses Paris and Nicky and model Bella Hadid, the younger sister of Gigi.
This year, Barbados has been the favoured spot for all-star holidaymakers, including Mark Wahlberg, Lady Victoria Hervey and Jodie Kidd.
Other hotspots this year have included Hawaii for actress Hailee Steinfeld, as well as Paris Jackson with her two younger brothers Blanket and Prince.
The arrival of Nancy and Paul in St Barts comes after they spent Christmas together, sharing a festive Instagram clip in front of their tree.
Paul wished his 1.6 million followers a happy festive season before the couple sealed the deal with a kiss.
Clad in a casual blue sweater, Paul couldn't wipe the smile from his face as he hugged Nancy, before looking to the camera and saying: 'Happy Christmas everyone, all over the world!
Looking good: Letting her casual look do all the talking, she accessorised with an opulent pair of blue beaded round earrings
Loving life: Meanwhile, Paul appeared to be in great spirits as he chatted and laughed away with Nancy while climbing down from the jet
Dapper: The musical icon dressed casually in a breezy white open-neck shirt and black jeans teamed with a white straw hat
Having a whale of a time: The musical legend seemed to be in great spirits as he arrived at the idyllic Caribbean island
'We love you and a have beautiful New Year!' he enthusiastically continued.
Proving just how happy they were, the pair - who wed in 2011 - went on to lock lips.
The married couple are more loved-up than ever before and recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in October.
Paul is dad to Mary, James and Stella, 46, with his first wife, the late Linda McCartney.
Man of the people: The Hey Jude singer beamed and shook hands with the airport crew when they touched down
Honouring their tradition: Paul and Nancy often jet into St Barts to spend the festive period on Caribbean island
Sweet: Paul wished his 1.6 million followers a happy festive season before the couple sealed the deal with a kiss
Kind message: He told his fans 'We love you and a have beautiful New Year!' before locking lips with Nancy
Linda had daughter Heather, 54, from a previous relationship, who Paul later adopted.
The singer also has 14-year-old daughter, Beatrice, with second wife Heather Mills.
It's been a busy year for Paul who began his One On One Tour in April 2016, in Fresno, California. It culminated on 16 December in Auckland, New Zealand.
He said to Rolling Stone of the tour: 'When I do the show, I feel like I'm kind of talking to someone like me in the audience, even though you're at the back of the hall, we try and bring the intimacy to you.
'It's me, one-on-one, with every member of the audience.'
Smitten: The married couple are more loved-up than ever before and recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in October
Stepping out: Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng sported a sweeping semi-sheer summer dress as she stepped out in St. Barts on Tuesday afternoon
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