From the first moment you step out of your rental or cab and gaze upon this charming monument in Bubali, heart-warming feelings arise. At least, they do for those who appreciate and value Aruba’s rich cultural history.
Quinta Del Carmen – once a family’s country house designed in 1916 by its owner, architect Adriaan Laclé – was named after his daughter Maria La Del Carmen.
Before its current position as a fine dining restaurant, the property served as a physician’s practice, a hospital, a clubhouse and a family home. Dutch owners Luc Beerepoot and Gerco Aan Het Rot have recently restored it, managing to preserve Quinta Del Carmen’s authentic character by keeping her story alive.
Quinta Del Carmen's entrance — Photo courtesy of Ebby Schwengle
Relive the old lavish days surrounded by revamped Dutch colonial decor and antiques. Or, step down into the welcoming courtyard to enjoy a laid-back evening under the stars.
At Quinta Del Carmen there's a room, a corner, a special spot for every guest – indoors, outdoors or anywhere in between.
Memorable masters and ladies of the house are celebrated with exclusive menu items such as the Grandpa’s Favorites, which focus mainly on classic aperitivo drinks. Grandma’s Selections add a couple of exquisite alternatives to the already impressive Dutch Caribbean fusion fare. Try the cheese croquettes with freshly tossed salad and a touch of raspberry coulis!
Start with a Quinta Royal Champagne garnished with fresh strawberry, while you flip through the appetizing menu. Don’t forget to review the specials, which include a couple of creatively prepared (and very flavorful) dishes such as ceviche and Dutch herring.
Wine-lovers will drool over Quinta Del Carmen’s remarkable wine collection, featuring an interesting and diverse selection of dining complements – no matter if you’re going for the delectable sea bass and truffle or a traditional Dutch pot roast called Sucade Lappen. Just ask your host for the perfect wine to match.
The service provided here is both friendly and knowledgeable. And the food is simply exquisite; the ingredients are fresh and beautifully balanced.
Now onto the course a lot of people look forward to: dessert! And do the Dutch know how to embrace their sweet spot, or what?
Caramel aficionados, listen up and remember. The word is Stroopwafel Parfait (with typical Dutch caramel waffle cookies that are to die for). Sweet Caribbean cravings can be curbed with Quinta Del Carmen’s signature upside down banana cake, served with dulce de leche ice cream.
Full? Burn it down with a cup of hot coffee with or without a sip of French Cognac to complete the feast.