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, such as 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.
Envy Tan houses tanning beds to suit every skin type and custom spray tans that gild skin without exposing it to UV rays. Beds represent a range of wattages, allowing customers to book shorter or longer sessions based on their schedules and to easily pick a bed that fits their skin's unique makeup.
A Joyous Look's nail technicians camouflage humdrum hand and foot keratins in eye-catching colors during 45- to 60-minute mani-pedis. Patrons kick-back in an airy salon as a paw doter pares-down jagged fingernail edges and coffee-table corners, outfitting mitts with gently sloping pointer peaks. The beautifier brushes fresh hues across digit decks before turning attention to sub-ankle appendages. Piggies relish in a relaxing session during which a staff member sweeps away hangnails and sculpts toe-tips into chic crescents. Clients can get their nails polished in a pulchritudinous shade to beautify feet or to have an upside when looking at toes after stubbing them.
Hanging from Sanctuary 7’s walls are words such as “dream,” “love,” and “laugh.” These words exemplify the spirit of the upbeat staffers, who love to impart inspiration and happiness through transformative beauty treatments. In semiprivate rooms awash in natural light, stylists sculpt hair into new ’dos and nail techs turn nails into colorful vehicles for self-expression. In another room, a massage therapist works away sinewy knots with long, slow strokes as a stone fountain trickles, burning candles emit fragrant aromas, and sparrows play miniature violins.
Fuzzy patches above lips, under arms, and down legs recede from sight with the help of laser treatment regimens from Angie's Day Spa?a studio specializing in razor-less hair removal for all skin types. The technicians here use the power of light to put on one-of-a-kind shadow puppet shows before zapping hair follicles during the active growth phase. Bodywork experts also offer massage services that relax muscles and unwind minds.