Led by beekeeper-chef Liam Nealon, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has teamed up with local farmers to save Bali’s bees and produce its own honey for use in the resort’s restaurants, cocktails, cooking classes and spa treatments.

In addition to fresh produce sourced from on-site vegetable and herb gardens, there are now two new bee hives each with a queen and some 10,000 busy bees making sustainable ‘Four Seasons Wild Sayan Honey’. Of the species apis cerana indigenous to Indonesia, the bees live in a secluded location only accessible to the staff, surrounded by virgin jungle on a bank of the Ayung River amidst coconut palms and wild flowers. Their ‘villa’ hives have thatch-roofs and roof-top entries, mimicking the award-winning below-ground design of the resort’s pool villas.

The hives are part of Indonesia’s first bee conservation and community enterprise programme, Plan Bee Indonesia, a grassroots initiative launched in Bali to combat colony collapse disorder. Plan Bee has set up bee centres in remote West and North Bali, bringing together farmers and forest honey gatherers to join the fight. “Our Sayan valley environment is a natural bee meadow with plenty of food for pollination and we are excited to be part of this grassroots programme,” says Resort Manager
Sean Mosher.