The Prime Minister, his pregnant wife Carrie Symonds, 33, and their one-year-old son Wilfred are believed to have rented out a £25,000-a-night villa in the Benahavis hills.
The stunning mansion, fitted with a helipad and electric gates, sits on 600 acres of land and is owned by his billionaire chum, Lord Zac Goldsmith.
Inside the villa
The mansion boasts a main house which sleeps 13 across three stories, while a smaller luxury villa which sleeps up to 10 people and includes five en suite bedrooms can be rented separately.
There are also two private swimming pools and a tennis court, meaning the PM will have no need to venture out into Marbella to relax.
The PM is reported to have flown out on Friday for the short break in the autumn sunshine, as thousands of Brits prepare for a chilling Winter of deciding whether to ‘heat or eat’, following a surge in domestic gas prices.
A Civil Guard patrol car was seen driving up to an entrance gate at lunchtime on Saturday, there have also been reports by Spanish media that undercover police have also been circling the estate.
The heightened security will be welcomed by the Prime Minister, as his Scottish holiday in 2019 was cut short when his whereabouts were leaked.
‘Out of Office on’
His summer staycation in the West Country was also cancelled this year, as Pakistan fell to the Taliban.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng defended the timing of the trip, telling Times Radio: “He’s had a year-and-a-half in which he’s almost lost his life to Covid, his mother passed away very sadly two or three weeks ago and he may have decided to take a short break.
“I think that’s something reasonable. I’m in regular WhatsApp contact with him, I spoke to him only a few days ago”.
Mr Kwarteng was asked whether his advice to struggling Brits who face a ‘winter of discontent’ was to double down on the fluffy socks and jumpers before putting the heating on.
“It’s up to people - it’s amazing how different people’s cold thresholds can be very different,” he said.
“Some people feel comfortable wrapped up in lots of different clothes, others wear relatively little.
“I think people should be sensible. I think people should do what they feel comfortable.”
The Business Secretary was unable to guarantee there will be no interruptions to gas supply this winter.
“I’m very committed and convinced that we will have a full energy supply. I’m as certain as I could be,” he said. “The price cap is the biggest shield for consumers, and it will not be moved.”
However, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson said: “In the teeth of a crisis of its own making, the Government has put its out of office on.
“The Prime Minister has gone on holiday, no one knows where the Chancellor is, and this morning we understand the Business Secretary has entered the realms of fantasy.
“We need urgent answers on who exactly is running the show. The Government needs to get a grip because the British people are paying the price for the Prime Minister’s incompetence.”
The Government has also asked supermarkets to launch their Christmas offers earlier than usual to encourage customers to buy over a longer period and spread the cost.
The calls came as charities across the country warned cutting the £20 uplift in Universal Credit could plunge millions of families into poverty.