The first natural raw honey harvested by the Kempinski Bee Suite has been examined at the National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory (NPHSL). The results proved that the resulting honey shows almost no sign of heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead, which both usually indicate the impurity of honey. The activity of diastase, which is the main factor to indicate the quality of honey, was noted as “very high quality”. The honey is mostly produced from the linden tree blossoms and clovers in the surrounding parks.
The quantity of honey harvested from the beehive exceeded expectations too. It was estimated to harvest 15-25 kg annually, however, it has been produced around 37 kg of honey by the end of the season. According to local expert Mr Algis Mikalopas, who has been in the beekeeping business for 24 years and supports the hotel team with his knowledge and expertise, approximately 100,000 bees are contained in the beehive.
A half-contained beehive with around 30,000 inhabitants was implemented in the beginning of summer. According to General manager Kees Heuveling, the idea to install a beehive and generate fresh honey for the hotel was inspired by the Kempinski corporate initiative‚ “Best Breakfast in Town”, which fostered the idea to upgrade the honey presentation on the breakfast buffet and strengthen the selection of healthy options on the menus. In addition, the delicious honey will be used by the hotel's culinary team for breakfast pastries and in some of the restaurant beverages or cocktails at the hotel’s Le Salon Bar and Lounge.
“As Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, since its opening, has been a food and beverage driven hotel, it is essential for us to add to the guest’s unique experience while offering healthy, yet original options, as well as foster local culture and traditions,” said Mr Heuveling. “We saw an opportunity to harvest our own honey by placing a hive on the rooftop, and we wanted to offer our guests all-natural and local honey. For the future we will see how it can be enhanced even further.”
About Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square:
Conveniently located in Vilnius Old Town, the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square offers 96 lavish rooms and luxurious suites. The majority of the rooms offer picturesque views of either Vilnius’s Old Town or the city’s iconic Cathedral Square. The hotel includes a modern conference centre of 600 sq. m with state-of-the-art amenities and can be divided into six separate conference rooms, ideally suited for round table meetings, board meetings, presentations and break-out sessions.The hotel features two restaurants, the Telegrafas and Le Salon Bar and Lounge as well as the Kempinski The Spa, an exceptional relaxation, exercise and wellness centre with six treatment rooms, a fitness area, heated indoor pool and separate Finnish and steam saunas.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.