Hong Kong’s First Hotel with a Rooftop Beehive
InterContinental Hong Kong has partnered with Hong Kong Honey to become the first hotel in the city to set up a beehive on its rooftop and produce its own honey. As part of InterContinental’s environmental initiatives, the goal of this project is three-fold: to help popularise urban bee keeping in Hong Kong; to help increase the declining bee population; and also to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint.
Chef Simon Kwok has taken on the role of beekeeper, noting, “From a chef’s point of view, we are looking at the end product, but of course, we need to know how the honey is produced. We leave the bees alone and just check on them once a day. Then we will harvest the honey every few months, together with Michael [Leung] and his team from Hong Kong Honey.”
Later this fall, as the honey production from the hotel’s rooftop bee farm increases, guests will be able to enjoy exclusive cocktails made from the limited edition honey at the Lobby Lounge, including:
- Bee’s Kiss (bourbon whisky, amaretto and homegrown honey)
- Bee Sting (gin, white mint syrup, apple juice and homegrown honey)
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui