Shangri-La Sydney has eight beehives on its level three rooftop, where the honey is naturally harvested and hand-spun without heat treatment.
Partnering with The Urban Beehive, the hotel’s colony of bees average 50 kilograms of honey per year, producing over 300 kilograms.
As the first hotel in the city to start the urban beekeeping trend, the beehive initiative is a sustainable take on the farm to table and slow food movement.
The Rocks has proven to be the perfect playground for the Shangri-La bees, with the urban colony yielding a unique flavour of honey due to Sydney’s exotic collection of trees and flowers, and vicinity to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens on the harbour foreshore.
The hotel-made honey is used in the kitchens to offer guests raw, unfiltered honeycomb, and the honey can also be purchased by guests.