Sipping a cool beer in sundrenched Barbados Tony Blair passes for any other holiday-maker - cool and relaxed, the office could be a long way from his thoughts.
But this is a Prime Minister with a lot on his mind - sliding opinion polls, his foreign policy battered by backbenchers, and a looming party conference which is sure to reopen all the speculation about when he will leave Downing Street for good.
That is to say nothing of his deputy being voted one of Britain's favourite figures of fun while cash-for-peerages investigators are said to be beating a path to the door of Number 10.
What is in the British papers is sure to reach the Blair sun-lounger and, like it has been for much of his three-week break, it will not make relaxing reading.
A poll putting David Cameron's Tories nine points ahead and hitting the psychologically important 40 per cent mark would be the biggest cloud casting a shadow over the Caribbean hideaway.
The accusation from a fifth of voters that the Government has actively exaggerated the terror threat will also make uncomfortable reading for a Prime Minister whose tenure has been dominated by the War on Terror.
But elsewhere there's talk of the Labour HQ being sold to bolster party coffers while unions demand concessions in return for extra funding since donors disappeared in the wake of the cash-for-peerages scandal.
There are also claims that Chancellor Gordon Brown has kept a low profile over the summer leaving possible leadership rival John Reid to take the limelight to keep his powder dry ahead of the Labour Party conference in September.
Mr Brown is due to publish two books setting out his vision for Britain as the conference gets under way, but by then challengers are sure to be circling, which could leave Mr Blair feeling a little like yesterday's man at his own get-together.
He could announce his date for departure at the conference, but still considered more likely is the "much done, much more to do" rallying-cry designed to buy him more time to tackle the NHS, immigration and school reforms.
But those around him might decide the clock is ticking rather faster and seek the "orderly transition" sooner rather than later.
As demands for a recall of Parliament to debate the tensions in the Middle East subside, Mr Blair will still face a volley of criticism when MPs return to the Commons on October 9.
His own backbenchers led the calls in the bitter aftermath of the Lebanon conflict, criticising Mr Blair's policy and accusing him of being too weak to stand up to George Bush.
And only one per cent of voters think the Government's actions in areas such as the Middle East have improved the country's safety, according to an ICM poll.
The PM often claims that after more than nine years in power he's had his fair share of "worst weeks".
When he swaps his beach shorts for his shirt and tie to return to work he could be in line for a few more.
So that beer may have cooled him down in the Caribbean heat, but the temperature in the Westminster pressure cooker could be hotter still.
William Hill has slashed the Conservatives to their shortest General Election odds since losing power a decade ago after a poll gave them a nine per cent lead over Labour.
Hills now make the Conservatives 4/7 favourites from 4/6 to win the next election, with Labour out from 11/10 to 11/8. The Lib Dems are quoted at 80/1 by Hills with a hung parliament cut from 9/4 to 7/4.