If you’re looking for a romantic outing in Aruba, make a night of it with the unforgettable Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at the Old Cunucu House on Palm Beach. This combination of dinner and live performance is a popular local tradition, so it’s no wonder you’re surrounded by throngs of buzzing patrons as you take your seat inside.
The charming, intimate Old Cunuco House proudly reflects Aruba’s multi-cultural heritage, and you’ll want a multi-course meal to get the full flavor. Choosing your appetizer is a piece of cake, as you opt for marinated seafood and the Fiesta Arubiano, which features a fish cake, cheese pastechi, squid, and meatballs served in a delectable Creole sauce. But what about the entree? Succulent coconut shrimp makes your mouth water, though you are also tempted to get a taste of stewed goat meat, a local Aruban-style specialty. Whichever mouthwatering dish wins out, make sure you make your choice before Old Blue Eyes takes the stage.
Just as you dig into your entree, Frank Sinatra impressionist Fred de Jong kicks off the show. As he begins to soulfully sing into the mic, close your eyes — if you didn’t know any better, you’d swear you were hearing Sinatra himself serenading you with his top hits. Sit back, relax, and take a sip of steaming Aruban coffe while you listen to the beautiful orchestrated arrangements and smooth presentations of beloved American classics. Alternate between tapping your toes and swaying back and forth to the ever-popular Sinatra hits, “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Luck Be a Lady.”
De Jong sounds just like Frank and looks like an old-time crooner. You feel like you’re a part of the show as he walks around the room and engages his guests in friendly conversation between musical numbers. De Jong has been performing as Frank for many years, and he has the act down pat. His charm and mannerisms make you feel as if you’ve traveled back and time and the “Chairman of the Board” is performing just for you. After the Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show comes to an end, stick around and get your picture taken with Swoonatra — tipped hat and all!
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