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 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.
Seven days a week, Tahiti Tans keeps spa-goers looking svelte and sun-kissed at locations in Cypress and Katy. A diverse mélange of tanning beds target fair epidermises with varying degrees of intensity, and airbrush tanning uses technician-applied mist in place of UV rays. Beyond tanning, the staff also administer infrared body wraps that send heat waves deep into skin to smooth cellulite, help dissolve fat, and detoxify bodies after vacations to Venus.
Kaaya Salon and Spa's experienced staff primps paws and pampers faces with relaxing manicures, pedicures, and facials. First, nail stylists trim talons, clip cuticles, and buff away all chalkboard-scratching memories. After guests with newly cleaned claws choose their favorite shade of OPI nail polish, technicians varnish fingers and toes with the selected shimmering shade. Next, spa specialists daub visages with pore-cleansing facials, relieving human emoticons of dead skin, excess oils, and downturned parentheses. While the staff thoroughly mollycoddles clients, the subtle, earth-tone décor sparkles in the reflection of sprawling, shiny mirrors.
At Image Sun Tanning Centers, certified staff members bring out patrons' darker sides with custom spray tanning and strictly maintained tanning beds. A free skin-type analysis provides tanners with information on solar-simulation dosage, recommended products that help to prevent sunburn, and strategies for avoiding subsequent awkward run-ins with Ra, the sun god. During 14-minute tanning sessions in Level 1 beds, sun-seekers can cultivate even tones. Under the strict maintenance schedule, the staff regularly changes tanning lamps and bulbs to ensure each solar-simulation chamber meets its potential. Alternatively, 10-minute Mystic Tan sessions imbue skin with an evenly bronzed shade without ultraviolet exposure or days spent bathing in a tub of melted pumpkins.
Though Mimosa Spa specialists are committed to helping clients look their best, they are equally concerned with ensuring guests feel their best. That's why they supplement their beautifying facials and body wraps with relaxing massages in one of their 12 massage rooms and invite manicure recipients to recline in cushy massage chairs as bubbling whirlpools soak their feet. For waxes and full-body massage treatments, the staff welcomes clients to private rooms with soft, cushioned beds. Empathetic and experienced, they also take pains to address customers' questions and concerns, particularly before sensitive treatments such as permanent-makeup application or Brazilian waxes. The spa's decor unfolds across 4,000 square feet and also helps create a soothing atmosphere. Rustic stone pillars tower over the clean and cool tile floors, clear of clutter and illuminated by the soft glow of hanging lanterns. The warm orange walls are covered with art depicting peaceful scenes, such as a blustery autumn forest or a smooth river stone that's just dozed off to sleep.