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 of 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 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.
For more than 16 years, the team at The Salon At Bear Creek has been fostering fresh outlooks by crafting brilliantly-colored hairdos, grooming and polishing nails, and liquefying tension with soothing massage strokes. With a focus on total comfort and relaxation, the staff greets guests with bottled water, soda, coffee, or tea, urging them to take a moment to unwind with a magazine or a quick surf on the facility's free wireless Internet. For those who rarely hit the salon solo, The Salon At Beat Creek offers a number of treatments tailored to couples and also offers services for bridal parties preparing for a big day of posing for pictures or standing still atop cakes.
Though their backgrounds may differ, Green Leaf Massage Center's certified therapists share a passion for improving their clients? health and wellness through massage. The owner sets a sterling example for her staff to follow, routinely attending continuing-education classes to bolster her therapy skills.
Inside private treatment rooms, the therapists rely on 100% organic lotions to bolster the effectiveness of sports, hot-stone, relaxation, therapeutic, and deep-tissue massages. Aromatherapy add-ons further awaken the senses with the comforting scents of tangerine, lemongrass, sandalwood, and homemade fried chicken.
The team of stylists at Lavish Beauty Salon transform ho hum hairdos with haircuts, coloring, and styling services for men, women, and children. They can add thickness and length to hair with extensions from Great Lengths and Hotheads. Their services also go beyond the scalp, with eyelash-extension treatments and body waxing.
With one swipe of a key fob, members can access Absolute Personal Fitness anytime. The 24/7 gym doesn't just offer the standard strength-training and cardio equipment, though. It also features personal-training sessions and group classes such as yoga and boot camp. To pamper muscles after working out or opening a stubborn jar of pickles, clients can schedule one of a slew of massages, including Swedish and shiatsu.