Heather Locklear Sizzles in Bikini at 53, Reunites with Ex Richie Sambora for Family Vacation (EXCLUSIVE PHOTO)

Exes Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora Vacation Together Amid Denials That He Threatened to Kill a Former Girlfriend

Trouble is brewing back home for Richie Sambora, but right now he is enjoying time in Bora Bora with his ex-wife Heather Locklear and their teenage daughter, Ava Sambora.

“He and Heather wanted to spend quality time together with Ava as a family,” Sambora’s rep tells PEOPLE.

So much so that the former Bon Jovi guitarist even left his current girlfriend, singer-songwriter Orianthi Paraganis, home, says his rep.

Richie Sambora Wins Big at the Derby, Say Daughter Ava 'Is the Love of My Life'

Ava Sambora is daddy’s little girl, for sure.

“She and I are close and have a candid relationship,” Richie Sambora told PEOPLE exclusively from the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, where he performed at the famed Barnstable Brown Gala, hosted by sisters Patricia and Cyb Barnstable, on Friday.

Richie Sambora on Ex Heather Locklear: 'She's Still Hot!'

Who says you can’t have eyes for your ex?

Richie Sambora couldn’t keep from gushing about his ex-wife Heather Locklear while celebrating his friend Ray Parker Jr.’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

“She’s doing her thing on Franklin & Bash and she looks better than ever,” Sambora told PEOPLE at the after-party. “She’s still hot!”

Heather Locklear Rocks a Hot White Bikini in Hawaii

She’s still a fabulous beach babe.

Heather Locklear took in the holiday weekend with a Hawaiian beach trip and rocked it out in a white bikini, showing that age – she’s 51 – is truly just a number.

Locklear, who is reportedly dating celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Marc Mani, showed off toned abs and hot curves as she frolicked with pals while wearing a demure white crocheted mini-skirt over her two-piece.

Heather Locklear's New Beau: What to Know About Dr. Marc Mani

Not since Heather Locklear’s split from fiancé Jack Wagner was announced in November 2011 has she been publicly linked to another man – so, naturally, the web began buzzing when she stepped out with plastic surgery guru, Dr. Marc Mani a month-and-a-half ago.

Who Made Heather Locklear Star-Struck?

Veteran TV star Heather Locklear, 51, gets back into her suit for TNT’s new legal drama, Franklin & Bash, and chatted with PEOPLE about “one last thing” …

Last indulgence
A massage at my house. It’s really nice, and you don’t have to get up and get dressed and drive home.

Heather Locklear's Daughter Ava Sambora Guest Stars on Good Luck Charlie

Like mother, like daughter.

Following Ava Sambora’s acting debut in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, Heather Locklear’s only child filmed a guest-starring role in Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie.

In the episode, Ava, 15 – whose dad is Richie Sambora – plays Charlie Duncan 10 years into the future.

Pink Trades Sweatpants for Breast Cancer Benefit in L.A.

Pink took a break from mommy duties to perform at Sony Studios in Culver City,Calif., benefitting the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Saint John’s Health Center on Monday.

Thomas Calabro Remembers Melrose Place 20 Years Later

It’s been 20 years since the small, fictional apartment complex at 4616 Melrose Place put the West Hollywood street on the map.