For those whose idea of a relaxing Hawaiian vacation involves easily angered creatures with poisonous fangs on their butt, come on down to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa! This hotel, unlike any other, cultivates its own colony of bees.
Developed as a means to force their chefs to think “outside the box,” they have trapped 80,000 bees in a box and use them to produce fresh honey for their restaurants and spas. Is all that honey worth spending a vacation reliving that formative childhood event when you sat on all those bees who nested under your favorite swing set? *dabs forehead*
The bees all leave in a swarm once a day to pillage the neighboring town (ie flowers and plants), you know, like Vikings.
The head chef of the Waikiki Hyatt says there have been no complaints from the hotel guests because the bees are worker bees and are more interested in blossoms than your fruity drinks, which is exactly what someone would say if he was secretly a bunch of bees amassed together in the shape of a head chef of a hotel.
Here is some of the ten gallons of honey that the Hyatt hopes to make in a year. Deliciousness comes at a dangerous cost.
Hawaii is ideal for bee habitation. Its lack of winter helps the flowers bloom year-round, giving all bees in Hawaii the power of invincibility (not really).
Here is the home for the bees in the Hyatt location in New Jersey which has a similar bee program. As if there weren”t enough reasons not to vacation in New Jersey, AMIRITE?
The Waikiki hopes to be able to produce enough honey to sell at local farmers markets as part of Hyatt”s global campaign “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” And by careful, they mean choosing to house their bee apiary right next to the pool.
Having bees on vacation sounds like it would be a very amusing and informative activity… for anyone who also enjoys things like lava in a hot tub or a rusty knife hidden in a birthday cake. So if that”s your kind of jam, give this a share on Facebook.