The UK’s first ‘bee therapy’ retreat has been launched in Scotland.
Apipods—wooden huts with beehives around the exterior—have been popular in Eastern Europe for years. In Ukraine and Slovenia, the scent of honey along with the vibrations from bees are believed to have healing properties for treating respiratory conditions.
Charlotte Blacker, a business owner who works with the Monachyle Mhor Hotel, got to try the relaxing experience in Slovenia and wanted to give guests back in the UK a chance to relax in the same way.
And Tom Lewis, the hotel’s owner and chef, agreed.
“We absolutely love the idea of working in harmony with the bees to create this unique experience,” he told SWNS news service.
Six beehives housing 60,000 honey bees have been placed in compartments underneath the wooden floor of the apipod, which is nestled in a wooded glade.
The bees come and go freely through their own special entrance and the company says they don’t pose a threat to humans.
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Guests can book a 45-minute session to relax or fall asleep on two sheepskin-covered beds inside the apipod, which are situated directly above the hives so the micro-vibrations can be felt in the body.
“There’s loads of therapeutic value with bees. The notes they buzz in help out nervous system,” said Blacker. “There are trials with people with PTSD.”
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Bookings for the hotel in Crieff, Perthshire, have already been filled through June, which is the launch month.
“We have the perfect spot to do it. The hotel is in a wilderness with freshwater lochs. Everyone has really embraced it.
“You de-stress listening to the sounds of the bees going about their daily life, surrounded by the aromas of honey, propolis, nectar and pollen.
“The vibrations caused by bees’ wings also have a positive energizing effect, which calms and relaxes,” suggested Blacker.
“Why not spend the day immersed in nature, wild swimming, hiking, and relaxing over lunch before being lulled to sleep by the gentle vibration of thousands of tiny wing beats enveloped in the heavenly scent of warm honey from the hives beneath you?”
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Each 45-min session costs £80 for single use, and £120 for two people, and includes a basket of fresh lemon balm tea, picked from the kitchen garden, and raw honey on Mena bread, along with a snack bar made by Charlotte’s health food company Herb Majesty.
Mr. Lewis said it has been a tough few years for the hospitality industry, but “always doing things differently” has been a key for survival.
“The apipod fits with what we already do here, which is to provide our guests with great food, warm hospitality and unforgettable memories. ”
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