October brings to mind thoughts of pumpkin spice sweets, amber-tinted leaves and colorful costumes. But it’s also the time of pink, which, of course, signifies Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
When planning a getaway this month, show your support by heading to one of these luxury hotels for a bit of self-indulgence with a conscience.
Over on the West Coast, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Terranea Resort will boost breast cancer awareness with all things pink. To kick off the fund-raising festivities, the L.A. resort hosted its annual Birdies for Breast Cancer golf tournament on October 7, with plenty of pink to go around.
You can still show your support by dining at the property’s cafés and restaurants, which are decked out in pink flowers, rose-hued lighting and a selection of desserts, including pink macarons, sugar cookies and strawberry-lemonade cupcakes.
At The Spa at Terranea, indulge in the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub, participate in themed yoga or take a dip in the bubblegum-colored pool.
Proceeds from the various activities and experiences will go toward national organizations such as Play for P.I.N.K. and local groups like Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach.
The Breakers Palm Beach
Considered “the original home of R&R,” the Four-Star Palm Beach hotel has been a haven for sophisticated getaways since 1896. Where once, only industry tycoons and socialites would enjoy this premium oceanfront real estate, today, guests from all walks of life can relax in style at the 540-room palace.
This October, bask in a day of tranquility at the resort’s onsite spa and experience The Power of Pink Scrub: a 25-minute body treatment utilizing natural, vegan and organic OSEA products. The bio-scrub will gently exfoliate and help soften your skin — but the best part is that 25 percent of the net proceeds from your service will be donated to the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Throughout October, you will see pink all over this Doha hotel’s restaurants and bars. Go to Seasons Tea Lounge for a Pinktober afternoon tea with strawberry rhubarb jam, grapefruit curd and rose-colored pastries and dishes.
Nobu Doha will do its own Pinktober afternoon tea and pour pink sangria, a blend of grapefruit, strawberries, lime and orange, rose, grapefruit juice and simple syrup.
For another drink, head to all-day dining venue Elements and get a Pinktober Stardust mocktail with peach, cranberry and blueberry juices.
The hotel’s famously decadent Friday brunch also will go pink with its desserts and spotlight a chef board filled with healthy ingredients that aid in cancer prevention.
Don’t be shy about coming back for seconds or ordering another round — a portion of the proceeds from these items will benefit the Qatar Cancer Society.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Help raise awareness for the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Cancer Society when you visit this Five-Star Palm Beach resort.
The property’s 42,000-square-foot Five-Star spa is a spacious retreat any time of year — the sanctuary takes full advantage of its lush gardens, fountains and brilliant blue sky with floor-to-ceiling windows around every turn — but this month, when you indulge in the Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage, you’ll be partaking in a 60-minute rubdown while the spa donates 10 percent of the proceeds to charity.
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
With the sandy Coachella Valley in the foreground and snow-capped mountains in the distance, the Four-Star hotel’s Palm Springs setting is as good as it gets for a desert oasis. Take advantage of your picture-perfect locale by heading to the resort’s spa, where supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month is as simple as booking a special treatment.
The Pink Ultimate Radiance & Renewal Facial features an age-defying pink crystal massage, two lifting and refining masks and a pink hair and scalp treatment. You’ll enjoy complimentary pink champagne and a custom gift, but you’ll feel downright good knowing that $25 from your service will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.