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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
All-natural products line the shelves at each of Rituals Salon's two locations. Created by Aveda, these hair serums forgo unpronounceable ingredients for plant oils and nonpetroleum-based minerals, all for the good of the both the consumer and the environment. The salon owners follow Aveda's lead at Rituals, where they invite clients to stop in for chemical-free highlights and chic haircuts performed by Aveda-trained stylists. After the stylists show off their talents, makeup artists step in to dress up eyes and lips and teach novice cosmetics users that eye shadow is to be swept across the eyelid, not across the retina.
Bodies in need of a little “me time” need look no further than Clearwater Salon & Spa, where a team of licensed beauty professionals awaits to deliver total-body pampering. After serving each guest a complimentary glass of wine, the staff ushers in relaxation with deep-tissue and hot-stone massages or promotes softer, more youthful skin with microdermabrasions and soothing facials. The salon and spa also employs an event coordinator for special events such as weddings or black-tie pie-eating championships, where parties can enjoy packages built around massages, hairstyling, and professional makeup.
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.
Nestled amid the black-curtained confines of Modern Elegance Salon and Spa, stylists and aestheticians forge stray locks into silky new hairdos and battle the signs of aging with wrinkle-reducing facials. Above heads, silver chandeliers drip with sparkling prisms, which send light bouncing off walls as staffers offer a menu of services that includes massage and waxing treatments.
Far from being vestigial appendages, our fingers and toes are more important than ever, helping us accomplish vital daily tasks such as flossing and wearing flip-flops. Give the little piggies on your hands and feet a buff, a fluff, and be blown away with today's deal: $30 for a classic manicure and pedicure at Somers Salon & Spa in Clearwater (a $66 value). Your inaugural visit to the spa comes with a new-guest welcome pack, which includes savings for your next few visits as well as insider information on how to successfully tame wild horses (except for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, who cannot be tamed—he cannot!). Manny: Peddy, are you done painting that silo yet? President Teddy Roosevelt is going to be here any minute!