Beehives Are All The Buzz at Honeymoon Resorts

At these indulgent resorts, enjoy spa treatments, cocktails and desserts all made with honey from their in-house apiaries.

Calistoga Ranch

Tucked away in a green fold of upper Napa Valley, the ranch resort’s 50 natural-stone-and-cedar guest lodges invite nature in with outdoor decks built around pine tree trunks and live oaks. Guests can also visit the on-site vineyard, gardens and sustainably kept bees. Five hives (with up to 30,000 bees each) produce honey made from orange blossoms, lavender and rosemary, which is used in the honey face mask and milk and honey bath ritual at Calistoga Ranch's signature Auberge Spa. (Room rates start at $745 a night.)

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

The 107 pool villas at this zen getaway on the pristine Riviera Maya coast look out on the lush mangroves and crystal lagoon that are home to a number of native Caribbean birds, fish and animal species. Banyan Tree Mayakoba has also partnered with a local community to create a home for the Maya stingless bees, known as a meliponary. Visit the bees and then sample the goods with a blissful melipona honey body scrub, followed by a body massage and steam bath at the spa. (Room rates start at $465 a night.)

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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

At the foot of Table Mountain, this fabled 198-room grand dame hotel is one of Cape Town’s landmarks, with its pink exterior, famous afternoon tea and divine service. At Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel's Chef’s Table dinners, you’ll dine on the best of South African wines, produce and ingredients, plus the housemade honey from beehives on property. Look for it in chef Rudi Liebenberg’s delectable desserts, like the honey ice cream with poached plums or drizzled over figs. (Room rates start at $300 a night.)

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Waldorf-Astoria New York

Call it true urban buzz. This classic luxury hotel has been welcoming heads of state and dignitaries to its grand public spaces and plush private rooms for over 100 years. Now the Waldorf-Astoria New York is also home to 360,000 European honeybees who live in a rooftop apiary and garden and provide roof-to-table sweetness for various cocktails and special dishes, plus treatments at the Guerlain Spa, including the milk, haute honey and rooftop herbs nail treatment. And don’t miss a sip of special honey lemonade served beforehand. (Room rates start at $699 a night.)

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The Lodge at Glendhorn

Deep in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, The Lodge at Glendorn is the epitome of rustic luxe, with 16 charming rooms and private cabins, where you can be as active as you want or just relax in a gorgeous natural setting. The in-house hives produce honey used at the spa in the Fresh Facial, which includes a cleansing with foraged berries and a moisturizing honey mask, packed with antioxidants, as well as in desserts like honey panna cotta and at the bar in a honey bourbon cocktail. (Room rates start at $745 a night.)

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