Our colleagues in Mauritius have been buzz-y harvesting and bottling resort-made honey. As part of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius’ new experiences, guests will be able to harvest, bottle and take home an authentic taste of Mauritius in the form of the resort’s own bottled honey led by Tony Myrtile, villa butler and resort beekeeper.
During the country-wide lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Myrtile relocated the 10 bee house farm to a more suitable and secluded part of the resort. Previously located near the main pathway leading to the entrance of the resort and where guests could see them, the farm is now placed in a heavily forested environment with an abundance of woodlands and flowering plants, causing the farm to be less prone to windy conditions. Guests will be able to extract and bottle honey during the next harvest in late 2020.
The resort’s apiary is in line with Rooted in Nature, the group-wide sustainable food and beverage program. Through the program, the Group aims to respect the natural order of things and reduce the damage on the environment by supporting local agricultural and fishing communities, buying chemical pesticide-free local produce, sourcing from free-range livestock and poultry products where possible, acquiring sustainably-sourced seafood that are caught through ethical means, and serving organic and fair trade products indicated by national and local food safety standards.