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.
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.
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.
Vue Spa & Salon soothes dorsal surfaces with services such as the customized massage, during which tension-excavating hands traipse over musculature, focusing on aches and pains unique to the client's daily stresses and proneness to wild-typewriter attacks. During the bamboo-fusion treatment, massage therapists augment Swedish strokes with wooden tools, rhythmically stroking backs with heated bamboo and rattan wands to melt away residual tension. The spa's soothing blue roomscape and draped windows lend privacy to the massage rooms, letting guests unwind or rehearse karaoke medleys in a serene space.
Loves Hair Salon's tress technicians straighten unruly locks with a combination of skilled hands, high-end products, and more than 30 years in the salon business. During a Bio Ionic treatment, an experienced stylist swathes head toppings in a mix of more than 30 natural minerals that emit negative ions to keep egotistical follicles in check. Once inside follicles, the ions convey water deep inside hair to rehydrate and refresh parched strands. Sporting a refurbished set of shiny, silky locks, head mops can go back to creating more messes than they clean as onlookers drool over the smooth, easy-to-manage figure for the next three–six months.