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.
Inside the soothing surrounds of World of Wellness Day Spa, practiced pamperers coddle patrons with all manner of indulgent treatments aimed at revitalizing weary protoplasm and enhancing holistic health. During the refreshing massage-moisture facial, dingy mugs are scrubbed clean with water-based cleansers, blanketed in a restorative mask, and swaddled in an ambrosia of wrinkle- and acne-abating moisturizers. The procedure lasts 35–50 minutes, depending on skin condition, and exclusively employs products free of pore-clogging synthetic oils, parabens, and teenage angst.
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.
Ms. Prissy Princess abides by the rule that "every girl deserves to be pampered," making it a go-to destination for kids in need of some TLC and age-appropriate glamour. Girls can indulge in mini manicures or opt for an edible facial complete with tasty face cream, cucumbers for their eyes, and ranch dressing to complete the snack. These à la carte services can be combined into onsite or mobile party packages that treat groups to themed celebrations, such as the Spa Retreat party, which dresses guests up in terry-cloth robes and head wraps, or the Rock Star Diva, which decorates fingers and toes with glittery nail polish.
At Iconz Hair Studios and Day Spa, body beautifiers purify the anatomy and tighten tired skin with detoxifying Miracle wraps. The 45-minute treatment begins with a scrub to whisk away defunct surface cells and open the pores for therapy. Aestheticians then slather the skin in a soothing blend of sea salt, eucalyptus, and honey, with traces of seaweed for replenishing nutrients and luring unwed merfolk. Full-body bandages trap in substances, allowing for deep pore penetration, as guests lie comfortably on a heated bed, which draws out toxins while melting away unwanted poundage. Before or after the Miracle wrap, clients can quench thirsts or energize for marathon jitterbug competitions with sips and snacks from the complimentary coffee bar.