October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the hospitality industry is stepping up to raise awareness and funds for research. If you’re planning to travel this fall, consider supporting the cause by incorporating one of these seven hotels into your plans.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
After the success of its inaugural Think Pink breast cancer fund-raiser last year, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hong Kong hotel will host a second event this year. Through October 27, the Clipper Lounge will exhibit the works of more than 30 local and international artists who have donated their pieces to the cause. An online auction will be also be held for those unable to make it. A Think Pink afternoon tea is served weekday afternoons for guests of the hotel. The month will culminate in a final rosy-hued auction at The Space on October 29.
Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe, Portland
If you needed another reason to visit these Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotels, this month, Portland’s Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe (along with Provenance Hotels’ collection of other urban boutique hotels in the Pacific Northwest) are teaming up with The Keep A Breast Foundation. A stay at this chic, historic property through the We Heart Boobies package will result in Provenance Hotels donating 10 percent of room rates to the foundation. “I Heart Boobies” bracelets will also be available for purchase with proceeds going toward breast cancer education and awareness programs. Expect to see copies of the organization’s magazine in your room as well.
Spa Mio at M Resort Spa Casino, Las Vegas
This month, the state-of-the-art Four-Star Spa Mio, located inside Las Vegas’ M Resort Spa Casino, is introducing Tranquil Respite, a new treatment formulated for patients seeking comfort from the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer medications. On October 15, the facility will host Spa for a Cure, offering cancer patients, survivors and caretakers a “Moment of Peace” in the form of complimentary mini treatments. You also may book a complimentary service in exchange for a donation.
The St. Regis Atlanta
The Four-Star hotel is presenting its signature afternoon tea in the elegant tea room at Astor Court to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation each Friday through Sunday in October. In this effort to conquer breast cancer through fund-raising and education, adults and children will be able to indulge in a decadent menu of small bites, like the Santa Barbara smoked salmon wrap and red velvet cheesecake. The St. Regis Atlanta will donate $5 of each adult ($40) and child ticket ($22) to the breast cancer organization.
Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos
Once again, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi and all the other Hard Rock cafes, hotels and casinos will have a line of Pinktober merchandise for sale, with proceeds benefitting various breast cancer research centers. Products include a pink Turkish cotton robe, pink Egyptian cotton sheets, a light gray classic Hard Rock burnout T-shirt, a fuchsia couture scarf and a guitar-shaped pin featuring a fleur-de-lis and a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.
The Peninsula New York
Five-Star The Peninsula New York is featuring a number of breast cancer awareness initiatives this month through its Art of Pink charitable program. The Gotham Lounge will host a Pink Afternoon Tea, as well as serve a signature Pink Lotus cocktail, with proceeds going toward research. You can also choose from a number of special pink-themed packages at the spa, such as a Touch of Pink manicure, pink body scrubs, massages, facials and more. Pink Lotus, a large-scale light installation by Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós, will be on view through November 15. The work uses LED lights to create a pink lotus against the hotel’s Beaux-Arts façade. Limited-edition Pink Lotus tote bags will be also available for purchase, with sales benefitting Share, a nationwide community that offers support for women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer.