In keeping with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s commitment to sustainable development, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is stepping up its environmentally responsible activities.

Verdant surroundings in Guillaumes for the hives.

AB-certified hives and honey 

The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer apiary in Guillaumes was audited by ECOCERT at the beginning of the year because honey’s natural virtues can be enjoyed while at the same time preserving our planet. Established in the Daluis Gorges, carved into the red rock by the river Var, the 40 hives deployed on site have now been certified as Organic Agriculture. The honey they produce will be labelled AB from October onwards. Similarly, an ECOCERT audit will be carried out this winter on the additional hives installed this spring. Superior honey to enjoy at breakfast or in patisserie at the end of a meal in the resort’s establishments.

Organic chard cooked by chefs

In the same vein, the Boutons d’Or beekeeper group has developed permaculture market gardening in AB-labelled home garden plots. The aim is to produce healthy fruit and vegetables by natural means, without chemicals, while scrupulously respecting the balance of nature.

The chefs buy vegetables directly from the growers.

To support this great project, the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Purchasing Department, with Philippe Joannès (Head of Monte-Carlo Catering) and Benoît Witz (Head of Vistamar), asked them to produce traditional vegetables such as chard, beetroot and fennel. Ingredients that chefs could then work into traditional Monegasque barbajuans, among other things. When vegetables are delivered, the Bouton d’Or group also recovers part of the resort’s green waste, to be used as fertiliser.

Natural ingredients for delicious chard fritters.

As well as encouraging local production and short supply chains, the agreement between the market gardeners and Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is a truly circular economy model.

A bird protection refuge

Long-time advocates of responsible tourism, Monte-Carlo Beach’s mission is to create favourable conditions for protecting flora and fauna while reducing the environmental impact of human activities. The establishment of a Bird Protection League (LPO) refuge in the La Vigie pine forest is a testament to this. No less than 16 bird species in total were identified on the site in May.  An excellent way to raise awareness among customers and staff of biodiversity and the incredible richness of nature.  By Eve Chatelet