He is an adventurous little guy.
She is an energetic little lady.
This is our little family and together, we are eager to serve you.
After working as a bartender in Dubai and as the General Manager of de Zwaan restaurant in the Netherlands, Maarten was searching for his next adventure. In 2016, he packed up his stuff, including his 50-year old Volkwagen van, and moved to the island of Aruba. He had built the vintage red van together with his father. LOLA, as they named her, was used as a coffee bar in the Netherlands. Once in Aruba, Maarten would pull up with LOLA in the parking lot of a flower market and sell smoothies and acai bowls. Passersby would stop to admire the eyecatcher and in no time, Maarten began to receive bookings for LOLA to attend beach parties, weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and even divorce parties!
One day, as Maarten was setting up LOLA at a culinary event, he heard a perky voice asking for the owner of the red VW van. Jacky, the lady behind the voice, happened to own a blue VW beetle and was thinking about painting it in the same retro red color of LOLA. As they talked paint color codes they also swapped digits and a romance was born.
Their love for vintage cars was not the only thing they had in common. Aside from their similar taste in music and burning desire to travel the world in a van, Maarten learned that Jacky was a passionate culinary artist who strongly believed food should be fun and exciting. In 2016, she obtained her degree in Culinary arts specializing in Vegetarian & Vegan food. Having worked as a bartender and waitress at the Sopranos Piano Bar in Aruba, as well as a line cook at the award-winning Kitchen Table by White, she gained both front and back of the house experience in the food & beverage industry. The two quickly realized that if they combined their passion for hospitality, something magical can happen.
And magic knocked on their doors when they heard that the owner of an ocean blue VW van placed the vintage ride up for sale. “Let’s turn it into a photo booth!”, they thought, and LUCY was born. After a year of rolling with LOLA and LUCY from one party to the next, the by then married couple continued to bring their crazy ideas to life. They noticed how boring wedding toasts can be and decided to spice them up with a prosecco bar on draft: enter BELLA. They wanted to save parties from lonely mobile phones posing as DJ’s stuck to bulky speakers, so they adopted ROCKABILLY – the last jukebox of its kind produced by Wurlitzer. As they kept popping out crazy ideas, the family continued to grow with BEETHOVEN, OTTO, SUZY, CUNUCU and, it’s safe to say, that by the time you read this, the two will most likely be expecting a new member.
The Little One Family believes that every detail of your celebration should create unique experiences. From the hassle-free set up of our creative concepts, to our top-notch service with a smile, to our special welcome drinks, to Chef Jacky’s creative and fresh cuisine and to the customized décor and ambiance – we are committed to delivering passion to your special event on the One Happy Island.
Welcome to the family!