Elegant Hotels’ beachfront hotel in Barbados - Colony Club - recently introduced a complimentary ‘Garden to Plate’ concept that includes a tour with the head gardener and hotel chef, followed by a cooking demonstration using the garden's fresh organic vegetables, herbs and aquaponics tilapia. Guests are greeted with the hotel’s signature wellness welcome drink, “Cumila,'' which was crafted by the hotel's “Mind and Body” team to promote a feeling of well-being, improve digestion and increase hydration.
The experience is designed to offer travelers a tranquil atmosphere and give them a behind-the-scenes look at the hotel’s health-conscious culinary offerings.
Colony Club features 96 guest rooms and suites each with its own patio or balcony, four lagoon-style freshwater swimming pools, and retail shopping and two restaurants. The resort is just 20 minutes to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.
Basically, the Colony Club is striving to adopt a stronger “wellness focus” and wanted to generate ideas for how to put the property’s vacant land to good use, so the hotel’s managers and staff broke up into four teams and had an in-house competition. The “Organic Living” team won, bringing on this concept of an Organic Garden that includes an extensive landscape of vegetables and herbs, as well as a compost system and an aquaponics system, which fertilizes plants with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system.
In addition to the garden, the resort’s “Living Well” team also created a bespoke scent made of Lemongrass and Ylang Ylang essential oils made from the garden’s ingredients. The combination is reputed to be effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation.
As a result of introducing this fantastic garden, Colony Club now puts on a monthly farmers’ market to let locals enjoy the benefits - a great way of giving back to the community