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Fairmont Bee Sustainable

Fairmont Bee Sustainable Infographic

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been committed to protecting the environment for over 25 years. A big part of that commitment is looking for new and creative ways to enhance the brand’s awarding-winning Fairmont Sustainability Partnership platform. A flagship example of this commitment is the luxury hotel brand’s Bee Sustainable program.

Fairmont is committed to doing its part to support bee health globally. To date, Fairmont hotels have more than 40 honeybee apiaries and wildr bee hotels on property around the world. Many hotels are also famous for nurturing on-property herb and vegetable gardens, which contribute to pollinator health.

Learn more about Fairmont’s Sustainability Partnership Program – Click here.

To learn more about bee health and how you can help click here.


A Bee’s Eye View

It can be hard for a wild bee to
find a nice place to stay in the city.
Watch this video to see things
from a bee’s perspective?
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In 2008, Fairmont saw an opportunity to help combat Colony Collapse Disorder by placing honeybee hives on hotel rooftop gardens and other onsite locations. Fairmont was the first luxury hotel brand to develop onsite honeybee programming and is now considered the leading hotel company in this space.

Not only does the installation and maintenance of bee apiaries help the local environment by providing bees with a home to pollinate area gardens and parks, but by harvesting the honey, chefs can offer delicious, local and sustainable honey for use in onsite bars and restaurants.

Proving to be a success, the program has now extended globally, with onsite hives thriving in Kenya and China as well.


DIY Bee Hotel

A bee hotel is a sustainable
resting space for solitary bees,
which make up over 90% of the
bee population and work
independently to spread pollen
and nectar.

You can create your own bee hotel following these easy step-by-step instructions from Sustainable T.O.

Bee Hotels 

Fairmont started building bee hotels in 2014 to provide wild mason bees a safe place to rest their wings.

Leading research indicates that wild bee populations continue to show signs of decline, with loss and fragmentation of habitat cited as a leading factor.

Bee hotels are wooden structures that are uniquely designed to attract bees that are already found in the surrounding environment. They often feature sticks or logs drilled with 1 cm holes that are perfect for nesting.

Wild bees are three times more effective at pollinating food when compared to other pollinators. This makes them an incredibly important part of the food chain. The biggest challenge faced by wild bees is the degradation of habitat.

Habitat is more than just a place to feed – it’s a place to live and reproduce. The availability of good nesting sites for bees limits how many bees are present in a community.

Building a bee hotel serves as habitat for local, urban bees, and also helps to raise awareness about not only the diversity of different bees but the many ways in which the public and businesses can help.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts proudly partners with Pollinator Partnership, a research organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems to support bees globally.



Fairmont has bee apiaries and hotels at over 20 properties globally

Bees go digital

Fairmont recently worked with a tech company to help us share more information on our rooftop beehives by monitoring them in real-time. Currently, this has been implemented at six of our properties globally. Learn more about the health of hives, honey production and weather-related activity by following along with our bees around the world.             


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    Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

    Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has partnered with local beekeeper Stephen Macharia, who has been in the beekeeping business for over 17 years, to bring fresh honey to guests. Stephen also offers lectures about bees and honey production, which includes a delicious tasting. Vital Stat:32,000 honeybees live in eight beehives.

    See the latest updates on bees at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
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    Fairmont Royal York

    In the fall of 2011, Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York harvested a record breaking 800 lbs of honey from six of its rooftop bee hives. The hotel’s 14th story apiary was established in June 2008 in partnership with the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative and FoodShare. It is the first of the Fairmont hives and is often noted as being the first rooftop apiary found at any hotel in the world. It was also the first to install a pollinator bee hotel in 2014, paving the way for more to follow in 2015. Vital Stat: At its summer peak 350,000 honeybees reside in six beehives to produce an average of 450 pounds of honey per year.

    See the latest updates on bees at Fairmont Royal York
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    Fairmont San Francisco

    The Fairmont San Francisco installed four beehives in its 1,000-square-foot onsite culinary garden in June 2010. The bees came from nearby Marshall's Farm and now dine on the hotel’s lavender and herbs to create delicious, authentically local honey. Vital Stat: 200,000 honeybees living in four beehives produce around 600 pounds of honey per year.

    See the latest updates on bees at Fairmont San Francisco
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    Fairmont Washington D.C.

    The Fairmont Washington, D.C. is buzzing after welcoming Italian honeybees in summer 2009 to their new home: three rooftop beehives named Casa Bella, Casa Blanca and Casa Bianca. The bees came from Larry & David Reece in Germantown, Maryland. A pollinator bee hotel was built on property in 2015, providing a much needed place for bees to rest their wings. Vital Stat: 105,000 Italian honeybees living in three beehives produce about 100 pounds of honey per year.

    See the latest updates on bees at Fairmont Washington
  • Bee Butler, Michael King at Fairmont Waterfront

    Fairmont Waterfront

    Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver shares its 2,100 square foot herb garden with honeybee hives on the hotel’s third-floor terrace. Guests of the hotel are invited to join the daily garden and hives tour conducted by onsite ‘Bee Butler’ Michael King. The hotel added a pollinator bee hotel to the garden in 2015 in partnership with Hives for Humanity and as part of the national WILD FOR BEES campaign. Hives for Humanity also supports the hotel with bee keeping expertise. Julia Common of Hives for Humanity works on behalf of and in collaboration with John Gibeau of the Honey Bee Centre. Vital Stat: 500,000 honeybees living in six beehives produce 600-800 pounds of honey per year.

    See the latest updates on bees at Fairmont Waterfront
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    Fairmont Yangcheng Lake

    The Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan China has 10 beehives producing fresh honey on the resort’s namesake lake. The resort has brought in a local expert, who has been in beekeeping business for 15 years, to tend the hives and bring wild bees from the West Mount in Suzhou. Vital Stat: More than 2500 honeybees living in 10 beehives produce 40 kg of honey per day in peak season.

    See the latest updates on bees at Fairmont Yangcheng Lake
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    Fairmont Beijing

    Fairmont Beijing purchases honey from several parts of China, with the majority of honey coming from Shangri-La farms. These farmers have been given free technical support, tools and training opportunities which have allowed them to grow and bottle pure, organic honey. Vital Stat: Shangri-La farms only use Chinese bees that travel a maximum of 6 kilometers, guaranteeing their honey has zero contamination from pesticides.

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    Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

    In 2012 Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza installed 130,000 bees in three hives alongside the hotel’s rooftop herb garden. The hotel works with the Best Bees Co., which helps tend to the bees as they dine on the hotel’s garden and in nearby Copley Plaza. Vital Stat: Around 130,000 bees in three hives have produces about 30-40 pounds of honey to date, with more on the way.

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    Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    In June 2013, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler installed four beehives totaling 120,000 bees. The European Honey Bees help pollinate flowers in the garden and produce a delicate wildflower honey that is harvested by the hotel’s Chefs for use in culinary and cocktail creations. Just two years after the honeybees started calling “The Chateau” their home, the hotel “checked-in” solitary bees with its new pollinator bee hotel. Vital Stat:The bees will travel up to 3km to pollinate local wildflowers including Lupins.

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    Fairmont Dallas

    Pyramid Restaurant and Bar at The Fairmont Dallas has cultivated a beautiful rooftop garden since 2008. Executive Chef André Natera and the Texas Honeybee Guild harvest honey several times a year, with the hotel’s beehives producing honey that is used in the kitchen at The Pyramid Restaurant and Bar for a variety of savory dishes. Vital Stat: During peak seasons, the two bee hives at The Fairmont Dallas can house up to 80,000 honeybees in total and have the potential to produce 60-80 pounds of honey per year.

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    Fairmont Empress

    Fairmont Empress is home to 5 colonies and nearly half a million honey bees that pollinate plants throughout Downtown Victoria. Producing more than 2,500 lbs of honey each year, the apiaries at Fairmont Empress supply the hotel’s kitchen, gift shop, as well as a local brewery.

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    Fairmont Vancouver Airport

    The Fairmont Vancouver Airport has 34 bee colonies happily residing each summer at McDonald Beach Park, located just five minutes from the hotel. Vital Stat: One million honeybees living in 34 beehives produce about 2,400 pounds of honey.

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    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    At Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec, four queen bees live in hives in the Chef's rooftop garden. The honey is harvested three times a year and used in special honey-based menus (for banquets) and select dishes in the fine dining restaurant, Le Champlain. The hotel also has a pollinator bee hotel on site that features the iconic copper roofing found at many Fairmont properties in Canada. Vital Stat: 70,000 honeybees living in four beehives produce 650 pounds of honey per year, depending on the weather.

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    Fairmont Mayakoba

    Fairmont Mayakoba cultivates rare "Melipona" bees which produce a type of honey that's known for its medicinal purposes. The bees are native to the Yucatan and are stingless. In addition to incorporating the honey in recipes, it is also being used in treatments at the Willow Stream Spa. Vital Stat: About 5,000 Melipona bees living in 1 beehive produce approximately 2 pounds of honey per year. The resort will be adding a second hive in the near future.

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    Fairmont Palliser

    The Fairmont Palliser in Calgary's two hives, affectionately named the "Bees N' Honey Hotel" and "Miss Bee Haven" are nestled in a nearby backyard of a quiet community. The hives' main nectar sources are dandelion and clover in addition to a diverse range of flowering plants and trees. The delicious honey is used by the hotel's culinary team and pastry shop to enhance fabulous desserts throughout the property. Vital Stat: About 100, 000 honeybees living in two beehives produce 10 pounds of honey.

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    Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

    Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has installed four beehives on the hotel’s 22nd floor rooftop. A natural extension of the Chef’s organic container vegetable garden, the apiary helps pollinate downtown Montreal’s gardens. The hotel has chosen a local “superbee” variety bred by experts and unofficially called "apis mellifera Quebeca". Vital Stat: About 200,000 "apis mellifera Quebeca" honeybees living in four beehives will produce a honey harvest 3 times a year.

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    Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

    In Switzerland, besides the honey bee, there are more than 600 species of wild bees that do not produce honey but are responsible for the pollination of the majority of our cultivated and wild plants. A single female visits and pollinates about 40,000 flowers during the foraging season that follows. Fairmont le Montreux Palace has welcomed two Bee Homes that have been installed in the gardens to help bio diversity and support the pollination process locally as a first step before installing Bee Hives in a near future. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace also purchases honey locally from an orchard producing honey for the hotel guest consumption in our restaurants. Vital Stat: Two Bee Homes with two mason bee colonies supporting pollination process and increasing the number of healthy bees. One bee pollinates about 40,000 flowers during its life.

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    Fairmont San Jose

    In partnership with City Bees™, The Fairmont San Jose’s Sustainability Team has installed honey beehives on the hotel’s rooftop. Beekeeper Robert MacKimmie will establish nascent hives so that the hotel can harvest house honey for use in pastries, ice cream and cheese displays. Vital Stat: When the beehives mature they will each house up to 50,000 bees, which are estimated to produce approximately 100 pounds of honey.

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    Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle

    The Fairmont Olympic Hotel currently houses eight honey beehives on in its rooftop garden which are home to about 250,000 bees. In 2017, approximately 500 pounds of honey was harvested from the hives which are tended to by master beekeeper and Executive Chef Paul Shewchuk. Currently in its 6th season, the honey is used in a variety of ways and showcased throughout unique partnerships at the hotel. The culinary team uses the honey to create original honey-centric cocktails and dishes at the bar and restaurants.

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    Fairmont Southampton

    The Fairmont Southampton has begun establishing a beehive at the South Shore resort in partnership with local beekeepers. As Bermuda’s bee population has dwindled dramatically in recent years, this project will contribute to efforts to increase the number of healthy bees on the island. Vital Stat: European Honey Bees were introduced to Bermuda in 1616, and local folklore says a teaspoon of Bermuda honey taken with tea is a powerful aphrodisiac.

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    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

    In partnership with Marshall’s Farm, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s culinary team installed honey beehives on the resort’s perimeter in order to help support the Valley’s bee population, which has decreased in size by 90% since the 1980s. Hotel honey is used in soups, salad dressings, pastries, ice cream, and showcased on the Michelin-rated Santé menu. When the beehives mature, they will each house up to 50,000 bees and are estimated to produce 250 pounds of honey annually.

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