Some of us spent the holidays cooped up indoors during a snowfall, while others traveled to a sunny, warm location. Gwyneth Paltrow and her family, who traveled to Barbados for their winter vacation, were among the fortunate few. Paltrow, her two children, Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, as well as her mother Blythe Danner rang in 2023 with a lot of sun, surf, and sand, inspiring travel envy with their sunny Instagram photographs.
Gwyneth captioned a series of photos from the tropical vacation, “Wrapped up 2022 with a lot of and a little bit of,” including one of her and Apple lounging on a yacht in the middle of the ocean while wearing matching string bikinis. Martin matched her mother’s swimwear in white, black sunglasses, and a disheveled ponytail, while Paltrow was splayed out on the boat’s bunny pad in nothing but a black swimming suit and her blonde hair in beachy waves.
The entire family could be seen sitting for a family portrait in another photo captured on the beach. Gwyneth donned a green spaghetti-strap dress with layered necklaces, a low ponytail with a center part, and sun-kissed cheeks. She also had a tan. Blythe chose to conceal her mane with an enormous straw hat, while Apple pushed her hair back away from her face. Moses, on the other hand, matched his white button-down with his sandy golden, wavy hair.
In Goop’s most recent newsletter, Gwyneth discussed the most important lesson she learnt in 2022 in honor of the New Year. “I think my deepest lesson was around letting go when Apple went to college,” she wrote. “As a parent, you are so entwined with your child. When they’re a toddler, you are their sun and moon—and they’re yours. And then when they leave the house, you’re confronted with these new ideas of life’s progressions and chapters.”
Adding, “The way that I got through the grief of that was a continuous letting go—letting go of control, ideas, perceptions, what I hope for her. And retrenching in—you know, you can always be someone’s sun. The role of a parent is to give off love and to give off light. And you don’t expect that much in return. When they’re little, you get a lot—a lot of hugs, and they sleep in bed with you when they have a nightmare. When they’re adults, you have to retreat back to just giving sun. I had to embody that, and I really had to let go.”