Executive Chef Kelt Hugo Maat and Maitre D` Bas Kruisselbrink have combined forces to create SENSES Fine Dining, a brand-new exclusive restaurant concept located at the world-class, award-winning Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. They both hail originally from The Netherlands, but have lived and worked all over the globe, accumulating the knowledge and influences you’ll find on display in their culinary and cocktail creations. They set out to craft a fine dining experience that truly delights the senses, and they have succeeded. It begins by serving only a limited number of guests at each seating for a more exclusive experience.

Everything you see, smell, taste, hear and touch will be of the highest quality. The cuisine at SENSES emerges from a solid foundation of classic French techniques enhanced by Dutch, Norwegian and Indonesian influences in an innovative approach that transforms classic dishes into new creations that surprise and delight the palates of discerning guests. A fine dining experience of 5-8 courses at SENSES will make each guest realize that a single meal can be reason enough to come to One Happy Island from anywhere on the planet. We look forward to delighting you at SENSES!

About the Founders

Executive Chef

Kelt Hugo Maat

I am passionate about classic cuisine with a creative twist. The method of cooking that brings me the most joy is when I take a classic dish, deconstruct its components, and then re-combine them in new and exciting ways. My foundational cooking skills are based in the classic French tradition, but the dishes I create now are influenced by all the different restaurants in which I have worked, the countries I have visited, the chefs with whom I have collaborated, and of course my country of origin – the Netherlands. I am especially energized when I have the opportunity to cook for smaller numbers of guests, which is exactly what the concept of SENSES is all about. Limited seating allows for greater creativity in crafting exquisite meals that truly delight guests, along with an opportunity to explain each dish to give guests a more intimate connection to the food they eat.

Maître D’

Bas Kruisselbrink

Although I am a native of the Netherlands, born and raised in Nijmegen, in 1998 I embarked on a journey to explore new places and see where I might land. My travels took me to Mallorca, Aruba, New York city, St Maarten and finally back to Aruba, which is where I found the place I wanted to call home. The common thread throughout all my travels, except for Mallorca, has been my work as a bartender and mixologist. By settling on One Happy Island, I can now bring my full passion and creativity to the creation of stunning new cocktails along with my knowledge of wines to a fine dining experience at SENSES. I have years of experience working at fine dining establishments and look forwarding to serving up excellent beverages to complement the culinary creations of our Executive Chef.