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The latest buzz from Paris: the Mandarin Oriental’s rooftop beehive !

The latest buzz from Paris: the Mandarin Oriental’s rooftop beehive !
Everyone is buzzing about the roof of the Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel.
Or, at least, the more than 50,000 black-and-yellow insects flying there.

The Mandarin Oriental Paris may typically be known for hosting celebrities from across the globe and catering to a fashion-forward crowd, but the hotel also houses 50,000 bees on its roof in an effort to protect biodiversity.
(As, as for that fashion-forward crowd, black and yellow goes with everything, oui?) To help restore the world’s decreasing bee population, the Mandarin has installed a rooftop beehive in collaboration with local organization Apiterra.
The pesticide-free zone is an ideal location for the bees to thrive and spread their sweetness.

The hotel’s first harvest yielded 30 KG (65 lbs) of honey that the hotel uses in the restaurant menus.

The hotel’s first harvest yielded 30 KG (65 lbs) of honey that the hotel’s executive (and Michelin-starred!) chef Thierry Marx and pastry chef Pierre Mathieu use in the restaurant menus.

The hotel’s Bar 8 also offers two signature cocktails starring the naturally sweet treat, a “Honey Kingston” (lemon juice, Cointreau, rum, whisky barrel aged bitter and Mandarin-made honey) and a “Homemade Honey” (yuzu liqueur, jasmine tea, ginger, champagne and hotel honey).

The Mandarin was the first hotel in Paris to be awarded a “green” certification and guests who opt for the hotspot’s “environmental program” including a selective replacement of bed linens or towels, also receive a complimentary jar of honey as a gesture of appreciation.

It doesn’t get any sweeter than that!

Rebecca Leffler

Rebecca Leffler is a writer, journalist and wellness consultant. She is the author of best-selling French book Green, Glam & Gourmande and follow-up title Green, Glam & Happy. Her book “Très green, très clean, très chic: Eat (and live!) the new French way with plant-based, gluten-free recipes for every season” was released in 2015. Follow Rebecca at Lafleurparisny.com.

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