Family Ties – Ohana Villa Tobago

Atop a winding road, behind almost hidden, louvered French doors, Ohana opens onto a floral scattered and palm-tree lined lane. The front door is subtle, almost unassuming, and the foyer is more of a bridged space floating over what looks like a dry pond, with water rocks and reeds. The statue of a smiling Buddha at the door suggests a temple and the hush in the air is almost reverent.

Kaye Tench, the owner of Ohana, wants to ‘welcome you instantly’ often with a fresh watermelon and rum cocktails. As you discover Ohana’s innate loveliness through the main salon that is entirely open, with a dramatic 180-degree view of the ocean.

Gleaning inspiration from her childhood vacation home, an old wooden beach house in Mayaro, Trinidad, it seems Tench wanted to re-create that organic, simple feeling in Ohana.  The house is almost entirely wooden, with other natural materials integrated throughout.

Tench’s story book tale of how she per chanced across the land is a serendipitous adventure. ‘The land had been sitting there, with little or no interest for a while. There was a little tumble-down house belonging to a very well-loved lady. I could make out the ocean; however the grass was as high as my chest. [The agent] mentioned and that there was a little beach’after a very painful and steep slide down on my bum, I took off my shoes and walked in the soft sand of a beautiful little cove. That was the clincher.’

As they say, the rest was history and soon, Tench sought out architect John Otway to interpret her ideas.  The open air, Caribbean chic style is apparent with definitive Eastern influences in the pagoda-shaped roofing, and the bedroom pavilions, almost all of which are suspended over water, whether it’s one of the infinity-edged pools or the emerald pond. Bora, Bora better watch out!

The entire house is divided into pavilions, which is one of the intricacies of Balinese architecture.  The four bedrooms are all decorated simply, yet elegantly, with four-poster wooden beds, draped in mosquito nets and white sheets. Cushions and a stripe of bright grass green raw silk running down the length of the bed provide the only colour in the room, complementing the warmth of the polished wood furnishings. Tench admits that she collected much of the furniture and home accessories during her travels to Java.

Ohana’s upscale appointments include two infinity pools that are joined by the gazebo, a meditative spot, teak-floored pavilion that looks over the private beach, a Jacuzzi set in the middle of the deck, where you can sip on crisp glasses of wine and star gaze. Wait, there’s more!

Two bedrooms open out onto their own verandas which overlook the koi pond, where you can lounge on a chaise, or be enveloped in a hammock. In the mood to be at one with nature’ There’s an outdoor shower on each veranda, where an iron spout pokes out from the wall. The master bedroom is surrounded by windows that open to the ocean, and over the pool, you can literally jump right from your room into the water if you were so inclined.

The massive master bath is equipped with slate stone tiles, and vintage pull-chain fittings. At the far end of the master suite, there are steps that lead to a porcelain hot tub, surrounded by candles. The north-facing wall is floor-to-ceiling shutters that open out entirely for an un-obstructed view of the gorgeous Caribbean waters.  Inspiring details abound in the bathrooms also, from the iron ladder used as a towel rack, to the intricately carved cabinet.

Whether you go for a wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or family vacation, Ohana is the perfect place for connecting with your loved ones.


Discuss Family Ties – Ohana Villa Tobago

  1. February 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I am coming from Trinidad, planing for a June wedding and am interested in your Villa for the ceremony and reception. Can you please let me know if you have any dates in June available as well as your packages for accomodation and wedding arrangements.

  2. August 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    My fiance and I are planning a destination wedding from Canada.
    We are looking for November 2014, plannig ahead 🙂
    We are definitely interested in your Villa.
    How many guests will the Villa hold?
    How close or far is it from the airport.
    We are actually coming down in September this year and wouldlike to take a tour, if that is okay?

    • August 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Hi Fariel,
      You can contact Aries Booker at Ohana for more information.

      Aries Brooker
      Mobile:+33 (0) 6 52 47 26 47
      Ohana Facebook

      Thanks for your enquiry.

  3. August 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I am interested in having my wedding at your venue in December. Can you kindly contact me in respect to wedding ceremony, reception and accommodation.



  4. September 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    hi I am interested in having my wedding at your villa (ceremony & reception) cant you tell me about the packages that you have available with accommodations and meals for in January 2014

    • September 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

      You can contact Aries Booker at Ohana for more information.

      Aries Brooker
      Mobile:+33 (0) 6 52 47 26 47
      Ohana Facebook

  5. October 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I would like to know if your rates are quoted in US dollars? I am interested in a honeymoon package.

  6. March 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Hello, I getting married on 31st Dec 2015, would love to know if your villa is available for the period. I’m in love with its unique design and would love to host my wedding at your venue, it has the perfect setting that I dreamt of, one that overlooks the sea.

    Response needed urgently so that I can finalize payments.

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