Nature is the beginning of all life and we are an integral part of the earth’s ecosystem. This is why Four Seasons Hotel Beijing created Our Nature, an ongoing initiative to bring nature and to bring fresh, organic food into the Four Seasons Beijing.
FRESH ORGANIC FOOD AT FOUR SEASONS BEIJING
The launch of Our Nature began with Nature & Beauty, an afternoon of health and holiday cheer in the Tea Garden. Guests tried the Opulence Collection of organic beauty treatments from Intraceuticals, learned about healthy diets and tasted delicious treats made with fresh ingredients in dishes such as slow cooked turkey breast and endive salad, citrus dressing, ginger panna cotta and orange zest and ginger marinated salmon, gluten free bread and low fat cottage cheese.
ACTIVITIES AT FOUR SEASONS BEIJING
Drawing on natural themes from both Beijing and its surroundings, the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing curates displays and programming to highlight seasonal themes and resources. Our Nature features standalone floral displays in the hotel lobby, Opus Bar and Lounge, Executive Lounge and other public areas; guest activities such as organic farm tours and floral arrangement workshops; unique Chef’s Tables; and unique spa experiences with all-natural products.
“Our florists are artists, and fresh flowers and plants bring a sense of warmth into the hotel,” says Four Seasons Hotel Beijing General Manager Andrew De Brito. “We tend to take nature for granted, but we wanted to reconnect people in the city with nature and bring nature into the hotel to touch, smell and even eat.”
ABOUT THE PROGRAM CURATOR
Ryan Carter, Our Nature Curator, comes from a family of farmers in the state of Virginia in the United States that traces its roots back more than four hundred years. After studying classical Greek and Latin and architecture at the University of Virginia, he unearthed ancient Greek artifacts in Sicily and Cyprus, before returning to his childhood passion for botany, making terraria and small balcony gardens.
“The environment in which we live is the source of our food, the place where we relax and play, a source for our inspiration and a major part of what has inspired the deep and profound culture of Beijing and China,” he says. “As such, we focus on a decoration scheme that inspires beyond simple beauty. Beauty is a cornerstone of what we aim to provide, of course, but our installations aim to connect with the environment, raise questions and conversation, and inspire our guests to discover more.”