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.
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.
Framed between two neon cacti, La Quesadilla Mexican Grill's imposing sign leads the way into a nexus of Mexican staples crafted from family recipes. Tortilla shells bundle meats, veggies, and seafood into tacos and burritos that share plate space with grilled 16-ounce T-bone steaks and chicken fillets. Glasses of house-made horchata and sangria, in addition to selections from their cantina drink menu, dot the casual eatery’s booths and tabletops, and 12 different desserts, such as deep-fried sopapillas dusted with cinnamon, cap off meals better than an edible mortar board.
Cosmetologist Zabrina McCully leads a team of technicians in pampering clients with stylish haircuts, nail services, and soothing massages. Stylists trim and blow-dry locks into desired 'dos amid the main salon area's ecru- and sienna-toned walls. Inside private treatment rooms, techs soothe complaining muscles with Swedish massages, or shoo away oil and debris with facials. The staff also discreetly whisks away unwanted fuzz with an array of waxing services. To round out services, nail technicians smooth dull skin and adorn digits with layers of polish.
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.
Each of the semiprivate styling nooks at Salon Sein is equipped with shelves of advanced styling tools and haircare products, a comfortable salon chair, and a full-length mirror decorated with colorful pebbles. Within these intimate stations, thoroughly educated stylists administer an array of salon services, from professional cuts to retexturing treatments. As they work, the specialists treat hair to smoothing dollops of Kenra gloss or spritzes of Schwarzkopf Professional spray. They also offer hair extensions, for which they use attachments of real hair to add volume to thin hair or length to goatees. Meanwhile, clients sip on complimentary tea and coffee and nibble on treats.