St. Barts - THE Ultimate Girl’s Trip Getaway

Unveiling the Secrets of St. Barts: The RHONY'S Favorite Ultimate Girl's Trip Getaway Island

If you are a fan of the Real Housewives of New York and are searching for current news about the upcoming fifth season of the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHUGT Legacy, you’ve come to the right place. 

The latest news about the upcoming season and the show’s storylines, including the release date details, cast, and filming location, will be revealed in this article...including RHONY’s return to St Barts!

We will also share information about the island of St Barts and what makes it such a great destination for a girls’ getaway trip. 

Once you’ve read about St Barts you’ll want to call up your girlfriends and book a getaway vacay to this Caribbean island which is a sexy oasis of fun, sun, indulgence and much, much more. 

Read on and be in the know before you go. 

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Unveiling the Secrets of St. Barts: The RHONY'S Favorite Ultimate Girl's Trip Getaway Island

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (RHUGT) Season 5: Release Details

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip new season (number five) is highly anticipated by the show's fans. 

Release Date

As of June 1, 2023, RHUGT Season 4 Morocco has not premiered. The show was filmed in January. Because of this, the newest RHONY Season 5 St Barts did not begin filming until July, 2023, which puts its premiere date sometime in 2024. No official date has been released.

Broadcasting Networks

If you’re not up to date on what’s been happening with the ladies on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, tune into Peacock or Bravo TV to stream Season 3.

Full Season: Yea or Nay 

There was plenty of back-and-forth conversation between the cast and executive producer Andy Cohen about the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. 

The idea of RHONY was the brainchild of Luann de Lesseps, who made the suggestion about the girls going away together on a trip. It was suggested by Cohen that a full season was not what the ladies wanted but preferred a luxury vacation instead. 

Short and sweet, with everyone agreeing, a girls' trip was doable and a much better option than dragging out a complete season. So RHUGT was born.

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy Background in St Barts

For those who may be new to watching RHONY, some of the girls have already been to St Barts with the show, and are looking forward to vacationing there again. 

In Season 5 of RHONY, back in 2012, there were changes to the cast, with four of the original real housewives fired, leaving three of the original cast – LuAnn de Lessups, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer. 

Three new cast members came aboard: Carle Radziwill, Aviva Drescher, and Heather Thomson.

Season 5 of Peacock's original The Real Housewives of New York City in 2012 began in New York City, but the ladies made their way to St Barts for a luxury girls' trip vacation, except for Aviva who remained in New York for personal reasons. 

During their time filming RHONY in St Barts, the ladies lived in first-class luxury from dusk to dawn in villa Dunes, one of the most stunning contemporary villas on the island.

Villa Les Dunes, St Barth

Villa Les Dunes, St Barth

The girls shot scenes in and around the villa, and also in some of the most popular hot spots on the island. 

One St Barts RHONY episode took the group to the legendary cabaret dinner club Le TI Caribbean tavern with their Johnny Depp look-alike, Tomas, for refreshing tequila shots and a party-down pirate-themed cabaret show. 

Le TI, St Barth cabaret dinner club

Le TI, St Barth cabaret dinner club

Cast of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (Season 5) 

What makes RHUGT Season 5 appealing is not only the beautiful locations but also the attitudes and personalities of the ladies traveling to Saint Barthelemy for a second round of fun in the Caribbean sun. 

The cast, this time around, includes Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Kristen Taekman, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer. 

Here are some interesting tidbits about the ladies featured in season four and five.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon is a former model, a mom, and currently a real estate professional.

Kristen Taekman is obsessed with Elvis Presley and tattoos. She's also married, is a mom, and still finds time to be a professional model.

Dorinda Medley has worn many hats. These include being a socialite, TV star, an aerobics teacher in the 1980s, and she was part owner of DCL Cashmere in London, where Princess Diana was a frequent client.

Luann de Lesseps is from a large family, so, she knows what it means and what it takes to interact with people with differing views. 

Sonja Morgan is a socialite, philanthropist, TV personality, and former fashion critic.

Ramona Singer has been a main member of the Real Housewives cast members for 13 seasons. She once worked with Calvin Klein. She's an avid NFL Bucs fan, and, along with her husband, founded a jewelry company.

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (Season 5): Filming Location

Les Dunes, St Barth Pool View

Les Dunes, St Barth Pool View

To be featured as an ultimate girls trip destination, an island needs to check off all the boxes that give a destination the required sizzle. The island of St Barts was a natural choice. 

With its miles of gorgeous beaches, dramatic mountain top vistas, upscale shopping, rowdy wine-soaked beach clubs, fine dining, active nightlife, and extraordinarily beautiful Caribbean villas, it's no wonder St Barts has been chosen twice by producers for filming RHONY.

The base location for filming the real housewives of New York episode in St Barts took place in the six-bedroom Villa Dunes, represented by WIMCO Villas. RHONY producers booked the villa in 2012 and again in 2023 for a repeat performance.

While the ladies lounged in luxury at their RHONY St Barts House, viewers got to see all that the Villa Dunes in Saline had to offer inside and outside.

The 16,000-square-foot villa sits on a private two-acre plot surrounded by a protected green zone, with views of nearby Saline Beach. 

It provides the perfect luxury setting for an ultimate girl's getaway trip. Its vast multi-level pool creates an ideal setting for sunning and dishing out gossip. And its restaurant-quality kitchen has everything a private chef requires to prepare an indulgent in-villa feast. 

Les Dunes Kitchen with view

Les Dunes Kitchen with view

Villa Dunes offers exceptional views and is conveniently located just a short walk from the sugar-sand beach. It includes two heated pools, a game room, a wine cellar, a complete gym, and exquisitely designed and detailed furnishings and accessories. 

With such impressive features, it's no wonder that the Villa Dunes was chosen as the ideal filming location for the St Barts RHONY episode.

The villa is only a few minutes by car from the beach clubs in St Jean, and the nightlife in Gustavia…so the girls have easy access to everything that makes St Barts such a coveted getaway spot.

What Makes St Barts a Great Girls' Trip Destination?

St Barts has more than a few good reasons to be the girls' chosen destination for a fun morning, noon, and night. It’s also one of producer Andy Cohen’s favorite vacation spots. 

Here’s all you need to know about why St Barts is a great destination for your girls' getaway trip. 

Private villas with 24/7 concierge service

Why sit around a crowded pool with a bunch of strangers when you can rent a big beautiful private villa, with its own private pool? 

Villa Les Basses, St Barth

Villa Les Basses, St Barth

RHONY chose to rent villa DUNE through local villa company WIMCO Villas which provides its guests with a personal concierge (usually a dashing young French man!) 

This concierge is available 24/7 to make restaurant reservations, set-up activities like sunset cruises, arrange private chef service for an indulgent dinner by the pool under the stars, and so much more.

WIMCO ST Barth Properties private chef service

WIMCO ST Barth Properties private chef service

Renting a private villa gives you and your friends plenty of room to socialize together, while also offering spacious private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms when you want a little quiet time.

Boutique Hotels

For those of you looking for an intimate hotel for your stay, St Barts has several attractive options to choose from. 

Longtime favorites include Hotel Le Toiny, Cheval Blanc, Rosewood Guanahani, Hotel Le Barthelemy, Eden Rock, The Christopher, Villa Marie, Carl Gustaf, and Le Sereno. 

Most of these hotels are on the waterfront, have their own restaurants, and boast indulgent spa areas for relaxing massages.

Beautiful Beaches

Flamands-Colombier Beach St Barth

Flamands-Colombier Beach St Barth © St Barth Tourisme

Your best girls' trip getaway wouldn’t be complete without having access to several outstanding white sand beaches

Along with the pristine and undeveloped Saline Beach where Villa Dune is located, other iconic beaches in St Barts include Gouverneur Beach, St Jean Beach, Flamands, Lorient Beach, Shell Beach, and Colombier Beach

Beach Bars

Gyp Sea Beach Club Bar ©

Gyp Sea Beach Club Bar ©

Hanging out in a chic feet-in-the-sand beach bar is on everyone’s St Barts bucket list. Enjoy a lazy afternoon socializing and ordering cool libations at one of the island’s sexy beach bars. 

Spend hours relaxing and people-watching while sampling chilled Rose wine and heaping plates of sushi at hot spots like Nikki Beach, the Gyp Sea Beach Club, La Guerite beach club, NAO, La Rivage, Shellona and Le Toiny Beach Club.


Tamarin Restaurant in Saline, St Barth

Tamarin Restaurant in Saline, St Barth ©

St Barts has earned the reputation as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, with over 70 restaurants packed into its tiny 8 square miles. Most of them are located in the charming pedestrian-friendly harbor town of Gustavia. 

Walking along the Quai, pop into popular spots like Atelier Joel Robuchon for an exquisite appetizer, then over to Bonito for a sunset cocktail before dropping into Black Ginger or the Ocean Club for dinner. 

The choices are dizzying, and you and your girlfriends will have no shortage of foodie-friendly options when in St Barts. 


La Petit Plage St Barth

La Petit Plage St Barth ©

St Barts has a vibrant nightlife to keep visitors entertained after the sun goes down. For a fun vibe, good food, and DJs and dancing, reserve a spot at Bagatelle or Petit Plage. 

For a walk off the beaten track, visit the small but potent Casa Club. For a fin de siècle cabaret experience, book a table at Le Ti.


Shopping at Fabienne Minot in Gustavia

Shopping at Fabienne Minot in Gustavia

While Gustavia is home to dozens of upscale shops with designer-brand goods, there are also hidden gems to explore featuring regional products. 

Spend the day exploring St Barts stores, such as Vanita Rosa where the stars shop. Chic Gallery has exceptional photography and Calypso has an assortment of apparel and accessories. 

For a beautifully detailed collection of jewelry featuring pieces comprised of precious stones, black pearls, and 24k gold, visit the tiny wooden shack known as Bijoux De La Mare. 

Check out the home goods at Baya and skincare products at Ligne St Barth.


St Barts has plenty to satisfy the ultimate girls

No matter the season, St Barts has plenty to satisfy the ultimate girls' trip itinerary of fun activities

The Caribbean island has plenty of water sports activities, from a leisurely sailing excursion to scenic scuba dives and catamaran charters. 

For an invigorating game of tennis, swing into action at Saint Barth Tennis Club. 

Don’t want to leave the villa? Ask your concierge to set up an in-villa yoga session or kickboxing by the pool. 


Gustavia Harbor in St Barth

Gustavia Harbor in St Barth

St Barts has an intriguing history, having been possessed by both the French and the Swedish. 

The capital city of Gustavia has evidence of both eras, and its street signs are in both French and Swedish. 

Walking around town to window shop and snack is a great way to spend an afternoon. 

For an exploration of the island's history, visit the Wall House Museum. Interesting historical landmarks include the Swedish Clock Tower, the Old Swedish Jail, Fort Karl, the 1855 Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, and the Gustavia Lighthouse which over looks the harbor. 

Learn More About St Barts?

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