In celebration of September’s National Honey Month, the Waldorf Astoria New York and Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, on Maui, both members of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand, are showcasing each property’s resident beehives through the inaugural “Battle of the Bees” coupled with a honey-infused menu exchange. Hotel teams hope to use the event and exchange to draw awareness to the plight of the bee population while providing guests with distinctive menu options.
Both hotels are home to a set of beehives and use the produced honey in a variety of ways throughout each property. The Waldorf Astoria New York’s hives are housed on a 20th floor rooftop space with sweeping views of the Chrysler Building and produce Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey that is incorporated in culinary dishes, cocktails and the Guerlain Spa treatments. The Grand Wailea’s apiaries reside on the rooftop of the Haleakala Ballroom in line of sight to kiawe trees that bloom with white, sweet-scented flowers. The property’s rooftop honey is used in its seven restaurants, bars, lounges and consistently ranked top resort spa, Spa Grande.
“Being the largest resort on Maui, Grand Wailea prides itself on implementing innovative programs in order to support the surrounding remarkable and precious environment,” said Christina Yumul, director of Public Relations & Marketing for the Grand Wailea. “The Waldorf Astoria New York shares this sentiment and we hope our combined efforts help showcase the important influence of bees and will bring attention to the global honey bee colony collapse crisis.”