The ladies stayed closer to home for their first RHOM Season 5 trip with Alexia’s birthday celebration at the Isla Bella resort in the Florida Keys.

When it comes to The Real Housewives of Miamis Florida Keys escape, there was plenty of drama, but it would be a mistake not to note the beautiful backdrop to the cast’s turmoil. The early days of RHOM cast trips took the ladies to the Bimini Islands, and last year the rebooted franchise headed north for a weekend at The Hamptons. While in theory it’s a good idea to send the RHOM women to New York since they already live in paradise, this trip to the Keys is already getting a lot more interesting.


Cast trips are a cornerstone of the Housewives franchise, and this one The Real Housewives of Miami Season 5 was no exception. From The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Aspen-gate and Mauricio Umansky attend former Housewife Camille Grammer-Meyers’ Hawaiian wedding for The Real Housewives of Atlantas epic parture to the Caribbean and The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s “Tres Amigas” in Mexico, a great resort can set the tone for an entire season. RHOM may have fewer seasons under their belts, but it certainly doesn’t feel like they’re playing catch-up.

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RHOM’s Isla Bella Birthday & Blues

Nicole from RHOM Season 5

That RHOM Season 5 cast tour took the ladies to Isla Bella Beach Resort in Marathon, Florida. Marathon is the penultimate key in the chain of islands leading to the most famous Key West. The crew of RHOM season 5 had the option of taking the two and a half hour drive or a far more luxurious flight with Nicole Martin’s fiance and captain, Anthony Lopez. Lisa Hochstein got a coveted seat on the plane, but was over an hour late after her soon-to-be ex-husband and RHOM the villain, Lenny Hochstein, demanded a divorce. While the timing was unfortunate for Lisa, who was hosting Alexia Nepola’s island birthday, Isla Bella couldn’t have provided a better backdrop for Lisa’s turmoil.

Tropical tours surpass winter tours on RHOM

Adriana from RHOM

From dimly lit palm-lined paths to poolside bars with endless liquor supplies and private beach dinners, there couldn’t be a better backdrop for major housewife dramas. Isla Bella has an ongoing promotion for production teams, making it an ideal location for filming. It also boasts one RHOM Package Thursday to Saturday. While the house was fine enough on RHOM Hamptons getaway, it simply cannot be compared to the backdrop of endless palm trees and ocean views. It also made for a luxurious setting to watch Lisa come to terms with Lenny’s betrayal.

Hopefully, even though Lisa went through with it, Alexia had a great birthday weekend on and off camera at Isla Bella. That RHOM ladies were determined to support Lisa while also celebrating Alexia. When it comes to Housewives vacations across the board, the tropical ones are always a lot more fun to watch than the rest. Rome, Barcelona and Iceland are fun ideas on paper, but the visuals of hokey cabins, huddled beautiful women and a general lack of light aren’t worth it. Film plans, such as RHOM season 5, probably requires a variety of trips, but a tropical Isla Bella is a standard to beat.

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