The last thing I wanted in the humid Caribbean was to slather sticky honey all over my face. But the folks at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood resort on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, had been buzzing about their new onsite beekeeping operation supplying sticky goodness to their spa. So I felt obligated to try it out. Now my skin is glowing as a result.
Last fall, while replacing the roofs on many buildings, the resort’s workers uncovered several beehives. Instead of calling in an exterminator, Caneel Bay brought in local beekeeping expert Elmo Rabsatt, Sr. to delicately move the hives far enough away from human populations. Luckily, they’re still close enough so that the harvested honey can be easily mixed into the guest experience. The property’s restaurants feature it in a variety of dishes like Tuna Tartar with Grilled Pineapple Relish, as well as sauces like Green Curry, Lemongrass and Coconut, a favorite accompaniment for local fish.
Although I was initially suspect of having it smeared on my face as part of the resort’s new Bee-utiful Facial, the therapist informed me that honey is a natural antioxidant and has loads of moisturizing properties. All my sticky worries melted away in the open-air, seaside spa cottages. The treatment included a steam cleaning, exfoliation, and then a masque of fresh honey. Applied with a brush, the honey feels thick and nourishing, rather than gooey, with results that rejuvenated my sun kissed skin.
Sometimes the sweetest rewards come from the stickiest situations.
Dishin’ Tip from your GBF (gay best friend): After your facial, head to the Beach Terrace bar for an Air Mail cocktail of champagne, white rum, vodka with a sweet kick of honey.
For more of Jon Paul’s travel, check out his blog Poptimistic.com.