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.
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.
At Nail Club & Spa, a full-service nail salon for men and women, a licensed staff welcomes guests to sit at one of many manicure stations or to lounge in a row of pedicure chairs. Their chairs are no traditional thrones, partly because they aren’t in a castle with 400-year-old priceless artifacts called the king and queen. Instead, their thrones are equipped with massaging capabilities and pedicure baths that have disposable liners and fresh water, keeping bacteria at bay. The staff further tends to appendages by polishing nails from a palette of more than 100 colors, whose chemical odor doesn't linger thanks to the spa’s well-designed ventilation system. Additionally, the Nail Club & Spa team pours complimentary drinks, turns on a flat-screen television, and renders a number of skincare services in private rooms.
Inside a large lofted facility, clients recline and develop their bronzy hues in tanning beds for up to 20 minutes per session, depending on UV levels. VersaSpa booths are also on hand, equipped with automated sprayers that emit a DHA-based tanning mist. The solution works naturally with skin to form deep and even tans that span from clients' heads to their toes, much like the warmest ski hats.
Laserwave Clinic harnesses advanced laser technology to combat everything from unwanted tattoos and body hair to nail fungus and yellowed teeth. Technicians target follicles during efficient, 10-to-20-minute laser hair removal sessions that can help permanently reduce unwanted growth. Tattoo-removal treatments begin with a blast from the cryofreezing machine, which numbs areas and makes cold hearts even colder before a laser sweeps in to break up epidermal debris. The team’s lasers also beam across teeth to brighten smiles and heat up nails to hinder unsightly fungus.