Hotel Tamaya maintaining two bee colonies

Posted at: 08/21/2014 5:49 PM
Updated at: 08/21/2014 5:55 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Tamaya is known for many things, including being a "Four-Diamond" resort, a world class spa and being environmentally friendly. The Tamaya now maintains two colonies of up to 40,000 honeybees.

Tamaya officials want to ease guests' fears.

"They think they're going to get stung, but honeybees are very docile. We're helping the environment," said Alex Kuhn, with the Tamaya Resort.

The bees are also here to help guests eat healthier, according to Executive Sous Chef and "Green Team" volunteer Patrick Mohn.

"We have a philosophy. It's food thoughtfully sourced, carefully served. The three pillars are healthy planet, healthy community, healthy people."

Chefs will use the honey and so will the spa.

"We check on the bees, make sure that they're producing honey, make sure that they're actually moving around and that they're on their bee highway going to the flowers," Mohn said.

Safety is a priority, so people go in with the proper equipment. If you're planning a trip there, don't worry!

"We've moved them far enough from the hotel so they won't be a distraction from the guest," Kuhn said.

Officials at the resort say that they will maintain the current colonies for up to a year and then discuss whether or not to add to the 40,000 bees already in place.