We have all heard of the rapid and alarming decline in the honey bee population in recent years and the tremendous impact that declining numbers of these essential pollinators have on our environment. With that in mind, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami is doing its part to increase the bee population and celebrate Earth Day by installing new beehives for each of the seven bee colonies on the rooftops.
In total, more than 200,000 bees will populate the hive colonies. The surrounding rooftop walls are adorned with colorful murals by local artist Chan Shepherd designed to echo Miami’s vibrant architecture and natural beauty: vibrant scenes of leaping dolphins and oversized bees will be the canvases of background of beehives. (The eco-conscious artist uses recyclable spray cans and sugar paint for minimal environmental impact.) And while hotel guests can’t visit the high-altitude beehives in person, they will be able to sample the freshly harvested ones. the honey made from it in many of the luxury hotel amenities available on Earth Day (tomorrow April 22) until April 25.
Food wise, organic honey on the rooftops will be showcased at a special collaborative dinner at La Mar by Gaston Acurio on April 22 with renowned Peruvian guest chefs, Francesca Ferreyros and Diego Muñoz. The honey will be drizzled with an inventive bougainvillea mousse dessert with lemon cream and Peruvian amaranth.
At the MO Bar & Lounge, guests can sip a Bees Knees cocktail made with gin, lemon and the hotel’s homemade honey.
Even the Spa incorporates the ingredient into its menu of calming and restorative treatments. The manicure and pedicure with milk and honey will use the fragrant honey in its moisturizing treatment for the hands and feet. The relaxing milk and honey delight will begin with a full body milk and honey scrub designed to soothe dry, tired skin, followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage aimed at loosening tense muscles. and to de-stress.
While the Mandarin Oriental, the 210,000 hard-working bees in Miami, might be the hottest thing on Earth Day, the beekeeping initiative is one that Mandarin Oriental will expand to all of its properties around the world. By installing a minimum of two beehives in each hotel (either to be housed on properties or off-site with local beekeepers), the hotel group aims to contribute to the vital bee population across the globe.
“Following the unpredictability of 2020, Earth Month offers the chance for new life, new ideas and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our planet. We are happy to celebrate with our team of rooftop bees, honoring their ingenuity and the many ways we can use their honey in our restaurants, as well as at the Spa, ”said Robert Lowe, Managing Director of Mandarin Oriental , Miami. “This initiative is one of several steps we are taking on property to ensure that we are doing our part to work towards a more sustainable future – for our environment, our communities and our customers.
For more information visit Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s sustainability page.