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 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.
Owner Lauren Moulton has more than 30 years salon experience, which she uses to guide and motivate Salon J-Elle?s team of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists. Even with all the responsibility of salon ownership, Lauren considers herself a stylist first and often can be found on the floor cutting hair or assisting other staff members. In addition to haircuts and color, the salon also offers nourishing Moroccanoil treatments and Brazilian Blowout Zero keratin hair-smoothing treatments within bright-blue and turquoise walls.
Bare Spa pampers patrons with a broad array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Melt stress out of achy muscles with the 30-minute spot massage, during which an experienced therapist's nimble fingers dance across carcasses to leave muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet. Aestheticians rejuvenate tired faces with the 30-minute spot facial, which focuses on the essential elements of visage renewal. The treatment cleanses faces of dirt and grime before a gentle exfoliation lifts away dead skin cells to reveal the resplendently young skin beneath. Extractions help purify pores, and a mask and moisturizer tone dermal surfaces. Eye gel reframes peepers, eliminating bags and circles, and sun protection shields delicate skin from harsh solar rays and the radioactive radiance of Europe’s mutant sun kings.
Dr. Stephen E. Metzinger, a board-certified plastic surgeon, oversees the talented team at Dolce Bellissimo. Under his direction, aestheticians beautify clients from head to toe with services such as facials, chemical peels, and eyebrow tintings. Massage therapists, meanwhile, use deep-tissue techniques to help their clients manage pain and stress. Dolce Bellissimo also encompasses a retail shop, which sells advanced skincare products.
Island Sun's staff of skin experts is devoted to the safe, customized pampering of each client's pores and pigments. In addition to offering three levels of bed tanning to facilitate totally tailored finishes ($8–$19.99 per session, many packages also available), the salon offers UV-free sprayable sun services if you prefer sun showering to sunbathing ($42–$45 per session). Spray tanning sessions at Island Sun only take 60 seconds, meaning you can get golden in less time than it takes your friends to fasten their gladiator sandals before hitting the beachside arena. The salon uses the top-of-the-line VersaSpa sunless tanning system to deliver streak-free, natural-looking results.
Snap Fitness brings its global workout focus to the Crescent City region, motivating fledgling flexers and advanced athletes alike with a personable approach and a plethora of high quality equipment within its facility, which is available to members 24 hours a day. Train for upcoming marathons, 5Ks, or underwater relay races on treadmills or ellipticals. Free weights are ideal for customizing a muscle-building workout, and the cardio TV theater keeps heart-pumpers up-to-date on the latest news or hard-hitting yogurt commercials. Tone limbs and torsos, then work on a beach-ready tan in the center’s tanning beds, imparting luscious glows and accenting pigments with virtual rays and actual shimmer.