For The Examiner | Breast Cancer Awareness is in full swing, and many hotels have joined the movement to further support the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM.org). For 25 years, the NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues; bringing together a strong collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies to bring awareness and initiate more dialogue.
Fortunately, many of our friends in the hospitality industry have stepped-up and joined this fight while doing what the hospitality industry does best – develop creative ways to market and promote the specialized products and services while making money to donate to this cause very near and dear to many people today. As these are only a very few of the many, thank you to all the hotels, restaurants, spas and other allies in the hospitality industry that are bringing an enormous amount of support to this movement.
The Spa has development the Inner Strength treatment inspired by the Inner Strength oil personally created by Aromatherapy Associates’ founder Geraldine Howard during her own battle with cancer. This treatment contains a powerful blend of ingredients, including calming clary sage and frankincense for better focus and clarity, fortifying cardamom and rosemary, healing rose and vetivert, and geranium which helps to emotionally balance the mind and stimulate circulation in the body. The treatment concludes with attention to the reflex points in the feet to make the body feel more grounded and gently awaken the senses.
“When Geraldine decided to create this oil to help her during a low point in her battle with cancer, she intentionally sought out ingredients that build strength, inspire courage and induce a positive state of mind,” states Mandarin Oriental, Boston’s Spa Director, Sharon Holtz. Through the end of this year, 10% of the cost of each Inner Strength treatment purchased will be donated to the Jimmy Fund, an organization that has been supporting Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for over 60 years by raising funds for cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey is partnering with Penn State Hershey Medical Center to offer women in Central Pennsylvania educational information on breast health, as well as special savings on relaxing spa treatments. “We are thrilled to partner with the experts at Penn State Hershey Medical Center,” said Shian Wing, Spa Director. “Breast health is such an important topic and we look forward to sharing this information with our guests.”
During the month of October, women are encouraged to visit any of the Penn State Hershey Breast Center locations in Hershey, Harrisburg or Camp Hill where they can pick up a complimentary bag containing the latest medical information and recommendations regarding breast health, plus a Chocolate Spa Cares voucher valid for 15 percent off a service of their choice. The Spa will continue to offer a Pink Rose Package through the month of October, which includes the signature rose garden soak, followed by a 50-minute massage and hydrating wrap. Hershey has you covered.
The Fairmont DC is “Going Pink” during the month of October in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including the lobby being lavishly decorated with pink flowers, the courtyard garden lighted in hues of pink, and the Lobby Lounge staff serve pink cocktails clad in Pink ties. Take advantage of some quality time in this lovely lobby to enjoy a cocktail for a cause. As another benefit, each guest will also receive a living in Pink breast cancer awareness bracelet.
Guests can enjoy the “Tickled Pink” made with Absolut Citron, cranberry juice and fresh grapefruit juice. The “Pink Mojito” is a twist on the classic, made with Bacardi Rum and Chambord with fresh limejuice and mint. The “Strawberries and Cream” is a yummy mix of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and tequila with a splash of Grenadine and cream. During the month of October 10% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Living in Pink.
For the month of October, Raffles Spa at Raffles Dubai has been offering guests an exclusive 30-minute “Refresh Facial” with all profits being donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This customized mini facial is sure to bring a pink glow back into even the most jaded and tired complexions. A deep cleansing scrub and mask will leave skin feeling fresher and brighter, and a delicious scalp massage induces a deep relaxation.
Choose the Pink Ribbon Massage, and 15 percent of your service aids the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Offered as both a 55-minute and 90-minute massage, guests can choose from different oils from the organic Amala skin care line designed to relax, soothe and rejuvenate the body. Savor the experience with a glass of Rosé Champagne and a Pink Ribbon cupcake in the Spa’s tranquil Relaxation Lounge.
During the month, several incentives are offered as part of the “Peninsula in Pink” promotions. A fantastic option is the Peninsula in Pink Afternoon Tea offered in addition to their regular menu. A pink on pink theme is offered with a host of delectable pink selections to satisfy any tea connoisseur. If the tea service was not enough, they also offer a special pin presented with pink macarons for an additional charge. They will be contributing to the American Cancer Society this year.
Inside this chic hotel, the Cornelia Spa is enhancing their 60-minute Champagne Pedicure with special ‘pink’ inclusions to further encourage Breast Cancer awareness during the month of October. Included are two signature cupcakes from the Cornelia Chef, a glass of rose prosecco and a bouquet of roses and dried lavender. This is a great little Upper Westside getaway while living or visiting New York.
To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Leopard Bar will serve a special ‘Pink High Tea’ throughout October, with donations going to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa). Here you’re greeted with a glass of pink sparkling wine and treated to a selection of fine finger sandwiches and special sweet delights, including Pink cupcakes, Pink macaroons and Pink chocolate eclairs, all served with the finest selection of fragrant teas and coffees.