A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Natural Remedies supplies all the necessities for relaxation?a dimly lit treatment room, a comfortable massage table, and a massage therapist with 7 years of muscle-manipulating experience. Here, clients receive a mixed bag of modalities such as deep tissue and neuromuscular to help alleviate pain, stress, and anxiety.
The aestheticians at Southern Tan and Wrap boost confidence with beauty-enhancing services such as airbrush tanning, facials, and microdermabrasion. They also employ the latest in scientific advances, such as infrared body wraps that contour physiques by burning up to 1,800 calories in 50-minute sessions while detoxifying, reducing cellulite, and rejuvenating the skin.
The full-service salon—tackling hair, nails, skin, massages, and tans—beautifies patrons in an eclectic setting. Black salon chairs and hair stations pop against pink walls. Ample sunlight bounces off shiny surfaces, including polished concrete floors, hot-pink mod chairs, and the smiling faces of the beauty pros. Other eclectic touches include eye-catching chandeliers, a zebra-print rug, and a large print of the Eiffel Tower with paint splattered all over it.