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Save the Bees with Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Savour artisanal honey from a personal beehive while supporting a unique initiative to save the planet

July 9, 2019,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is leading the charge to protect endangered bee populations with its newly launched “Save the Bees” program. Cocktail connoisseurs are invited to join the movement to protect these tiny, incredible creatures.

In keeping with its broader philosophy of sustainability, Bar Trigona sources its own honey in small batches from Malaysian farmers. “Buying local honey is the great way to support healthy hives and precious biodiversity,” notes Head Bartender Ashish Sharma. “In fact, we take this hyper-local approach to our entire menu – many of our standout ingredients come from small farms in Malaysia.”

Bar Trigona guests can now adopt a hive of honeybees, installed at Dino’s Kelulut Organic Farm in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Patrons will receive six jars of delicious artisanal Trigona honey, harvested from their very own hive, along with a small bottle of bee propolis, prized for its healing properties. They will also get a personalised adoption certificate, along with quarterly updates on how their bees are progressing. “For those who would like to see their hive and meet the farmers, we will organise a group trip to the farm,” says Ashish. “Our beehive adopters will also receive invitations to special events and a 10 percent discount at Bar Trigona.”

Contributions will go towards preserving safe habitats for honeybees, promoting natural beekeeping methods and training young farmers to support the future of this crucial industry. One can even gift a beehive (it makes a splendid wedding present) or encourage friends to adopt (and get a jar of honey as a thank-you).

Honeybees may seem too small to matter on the global scale of affairs but they are actually a crucial part of nature’s delicately balanced tapestry. Responsible for pollinating 80 percent of the world’s fruits and vegetables, these industrious workers play a vital role in the food supply chain.

Since habitat loss is driving the decline of their populations, one solution is to protect local sanctuaries for bees – which is exactly what Bar Trigona is doing with its new initiative. “Honeybees are an integral part of our story, so this is an issue that is very close to our hearts,” explains Ashish. The bar is named after the stingless Trigona honeybee, which lives in the tropical jungles of Malaysia and produces some of the world’s most sought-after honey.

Guests can adopt a Trigona beehive for an annual contribution of MYR 500. Patrons will receive six jars of artisanal Trigona honey (worth over MYR 1,000 at market price) and a bottle of bee propolis. For more details, chat via the Four Seasons App or WhatsApp 03-2382-8888, or simply ask for Ashish next time you’re at Bar Trigona.