Sunset Tanz pays attention to the tiny details, swapping out tanning bulbs before they surpass 66% of their projected lifespan. The salon also offers special tanning-cocktail packages that combine the bronzing power of a UV bed with the all-over coverage of the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth. And after sessions conclude, the shop encourages guests to browse a selection of Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and California Tan lotions that lock in darkness more efficiently than a ghost hunter armed with a cage full of lollipops.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Business and pleasure blur in the ceaseless hum of downtown Toronto’s financial hub. Both hotels bask in the light and shadows of skyscrapers that contain corporate institutions, boutique shopping, and numerous fine-dining opportunities. History buffs and bargain hunters will find themselves sightseeing in perfect harmony at the historic St. Lawrence Market, where farmers, crafters, and independent merchants peddle everything from fresh eggs to antiques inside an assembly hall dating to 1850 and modeled with regal 16th-century Renaissance influences. Performing arts thrive in the Entertainment District, which plays host to artists ranging from local to universal renown. The recently expanded Art Gallery of Ontario is presently exhibiting masterpieces borrowed from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (until September) and plays host to permanent collections of historical Inuit art and works specific to the Ontario area. Touring Broadway musicals, sentimental orchestral performances, and critically acclaimed readings from the local phone book play in such historic venues as Roy Thomson Hall, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.
At Lady Fingers Salon, run-of-the-mill beauty treatments get their own makeover. Nail technicians upgrade manicures with long-lasting Shellac polish and Vinylux top coats. Hairstylists, meanwhile, infuse frizz-beleaguered hair with keratin treatments to deter flyaways and imbue locks with shine, and color treatments use organic All-Nutrient products. Waxing specialist Christina Durham plies her trade on hair of a different sort, waxing away unwanted fuzz across the physique.
The beds at Island Tan offer more than just a tranquil place to unwind. They also imbue bodies with golden glows after a series of relaxing tanning sessions. Clients may partake of their UV rays with single sessions or opt for unlimited monthly packages, which can bronze birthday suits in preparation for weddings or vacations to the tropical Isle of Azkaban.