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 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 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.
Owner Deborah Conyers dedicates her spa to total-body relaxation, offering personalized massages and herb-enhanced skincare services. Therapists customize the massage menu to each individual's particular needs, soothing pinched nerves or vestigial wings with gentle kneading techniques, the application of deep pressure, or strokes that work to repair aching musculature after injuries or strains.
The salon’s aestheticians are well versed in the methods of reviving dry or aging complexions, drawing on an arsenal of anti-aging microcurrent technology, skin-resurfacing treatments, and a menu of facials and peels to address skin imperfections. Manicures and acupuncture treatments fill out the spa’s skin-centric service menu, working to deepen relaxation and help needles to get over their fear of humans.
Soft candlelight and soothing music waft through Body Angels Spa as licensed massage therapists and aestheticians pamper, calm, and beautify visitors in rooms modeled after a sultan's quarters. Individual clients, couples, and their strictly platonic imaginary friends sink into private treatment rooms during massages that refresh tired muscles with techniques such as cupping—the placement of warm, aromatic basalt stones atop zones of tension. Aestheticians sculpt nails, wax away unwanted hair, and refurbish faces with PCA skincare products. Airbrush artisans turn down skin's white balance during spray tans.
South Beach is known for its signature art-deco designs, pristine beaches, and energetic nightlife. Taking a cue from that dynamic locale, the staff members of South Beach Tanning Company have decorated their various locations in the spirit of South Beach and pride themselves on their upbeat, lounge-like vibe. Inside each salon, cheery lighting and bright purple, blue, and red walls augment the high-quality equipment and shelves of handpicked lotions, and high ceilings stop newly acquired tans from floating off just-bronzed bodies.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
There's more than one way to get bronzed at Mandalay Mist, and none of them involve the sun's rays. Mist tanning booths take just 60 seconds to coat the body in a choice of three different darkness levels. Custom airbrush tans go beyond a spray-down from a professional technician, incorporating an exfoliation and skin-balancing treatment as well. Coats of fresh nail polish set off golden skin tones, and the scented lotions used in these mani-pedis make birthday suits smell as tasty as they look.