Lucy Mecklenburgh swaps chilly Essex for the sunny Caribbean

Getting a real tan this time Monokini-clad Lucy Mecklenburgh swaps chilly Essex for the sunny Caribbean

Lucy Mecklenburgh is renowned as being one of the most tanned castmembers of The Only Way Is Essex.

But the pretty reality star has traded in her faux glow for a real one as she soaks up the sun in the Caribbean.

The fashion designer, 20, showed off her stunning figure in a very revealing snake-print monokini as she enjoyed a pre-Christmas break in Barbados.

Going wild: The Only Way Is Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her stunning figure in a snake-print monokini on the beach in the Caribbean

Going wild: The Only Way Is Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her stunning figure in a snake-print monokini on the beach in the Caribbean

Cool down: The fashion designer wades into the Caribbean sea to cool down

Cool down: The fashion designer wades into the Caribbean sea to cool down

Cool down: The fashion designer wades into the Caribbean sea to cool down

Apparently holidaying solo without her boyfriend Mario Falcone, the brunette enjoyed a dip in the sea and a spot of sunbathing.

Keen to keep her long brown hair in good condition, she made sure she rinsed out the sea water with a refreshing shower.

And despite her love of tanning, Mecklenburgh made sure she protected her skin with some SPF.

Refreshing: The reality TV star washes the sea water out of her long locks following her swim

Refreshing: The reality TV star washes the sea water out of her long locks following her swim

That doesn't look comfortable: Lucy perches on an upturned boat as she dries off in the sun

That doesn't look comfortable: Lucy perches on an upturned boat as she dries off in the sun

Mecklenburgh's trip to the Caribbean is just one of several holidays she has taken in recent months.

On Monday, she and bespoke tailor Falcone, 23, flew to the UAE for a twin-city break in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

And in November, she and Falcone celebrated their reunion with a break in Egypt.

Revealing: The reality TV star's monokini left little to the imagination

Revealing: The reality TV star's monokini left little to the imagination

Revealing: The reality TV star's monokini left little to the imagination

Fans
of TOWIE will know the couple briefly parted ways in Series 3 after she
admitting to spending the night in ex-boyfriend Mark Wright's Essex
flat in September – although she insisted she woke up with her clothes
on.

Despite her amazing figure, the Essex girl admits she actually has a lot of insecurities.

In an interview last year, the 5ft 6in star complained her legs weren't long enough.

She said: 'My biggest body issue is my legs because they’re quite short. My dad calls me Stumpy! I wear heels quite a lot.'

All over tan: There wasn't a white bit to be seen on the super-tanned model

All over tan: There wasn't a white bit to be seen on the super-tanned model

Practising safe sun: Despite her love of tanning, Lucy makes sure she keeps her skin protected

Practising safe sun: Despite her love of tanning, Lucy makes sure she keeps her skin protected

Practising safe sun: Despite her love of tanning, Lucy makes sure she keeps her skin protected

However, despite a lot of her TOWIE co-stars being surgically-enhanced, Mecklenburgh isn't tempted to go under the knife.

She explained: 'I’m quite against surgery. Well, I
wouldn’t get anything done right now. It’s quite tempting in our
situation, but I wouldn’t touch my face at this age.'

Mecklenburgh has revealed the secret to her svelte figure on her Twitter – a new 'body trainer' designed by the reality star herself and personal trainer Mark Anthony.

The trainer can be positioned to do 17 different toning and stretching exercises, giving the body a good workout in the comfort of your home.

Shower time: Mecklenburgh is distracted during her shower session

Shower time: Mecklenburgh is distracted during her shower session