A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
The experts behind Nou Veau Salon & Day Spa pamper men and women alike amid artsy accoutrements. A plush couch and velvet wing-backed chairs complement a swirling painting, accented by eclectic knickknacks and a vase full of large plush brown plumes plucked from the Earth's feminine side. Therapists soothe sore muscles with techniques including deep-tissue and prenatal massage within a private room with a rustic, exposed-brick wall.
Tackling outer beauty, nail techs season hands and feet with herbs acquired from spa's tidy white shelves before slathering nails with OPI nail polishes. Likewise, highly trained hair stylists treat 'dos to professional products by Goldwell, Bumble and Bumble, and Privé, and aesthetic specialists enhance natural beauty with Matis facials and makeup lessons.
In addition to providing day-to-day appearance maintenance, Nou Veau's experts tend to brides with haircuts, mani-pedis, and makeup, rendering them beautiful enough to attract flocks of adorable, wide-eyed wildlife to gather round their feet.
Sunlight, infrared light, and red light illuminate the spa-like interior of UltraTanz. After meeting with a certified tanning consultant, guests can step into one of their spacious, private spa rooms. Here, a spray or UV tanning system, hooked up to the sun with an invisible cable, awaits the chance to gold-plate exteriors. Alternately, the Mystic Tan HD booth airbrushes a sun-free tanning solution, while stand-up, lie-down, and leg-only ultraviolet beds bronze with varying degrees of "pressure," or intensity. During sessions, air conditioners and misting bottles keep things cool and comfortable, while complimentary bottles of juice and water keep guests hydrated. But UV light isn't the only thing glowing at UltraTanz—the Formostar infrared body wrap aims to detoxify and slim, the red light therapy bed is designed to smooth scar tissue and skin damage, and the Galvanic facial system imparts a toned glow of its own by softening fine lines.
Dr. Thomas W. Bender III and certified physician's assistants Darla Parker and Lindsey Beville apply their expertise to accomplish a wide variety of cosmetic procedures ranging from laser hair removal to Botox. Their Image Pro II technology takes 3-D spectral images to offer a comprehensive skin analysis, visually mapping out several layers of the epidermis. The in-depth images from the system, along with professional products from such brands as Latisse, EltaMD, and ZO Skin Health, help the staff perform everything from treating wrinkles and age spots with IPL phototherapy and facials to diagnosing the presence of skin cancer.
Bliss Salon and Day Spa's retinue of trained stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists pampers guests from the crown of elegantly coiffed 'dos to the tips of meticulously pedicured toes with an arsenal of spa services enhanced by high-end spa products. The full-service salon dotes on guests with spa treatments such as facials, massages, body polishes, mani-pedis, teeth whitening, waxing, and hair treatments, rejuvenating the body and mind without rebooting patrons back to infancy. Sunlight casts its warm rays upon guests through the salon's wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, twinkling off chandeliers as it fills spa sessions with a cheerful glow.
Momentum Massage's licensed massage therapist Jasmine Zinck hasn't stopped studying massage since she discovered it more than a decade ago. A master of many modalities, Jasmine often integrates elements of reflexology, hot-stone therapy, and craniosacral therapy into her sessions. Although she excels at softening muscles and improving mobility, she also delivers less tangible benefits such as opening the body's energy channels, calming emotions, and clearing the mind of lost puzzle pieces.