A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach MetroWest Orlando 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 MetroWest Orlando 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 massage therapists at Healthy Body Massage strive to help clients better understand their bodies both mentally and physically. They work to promote a sense of wholeness and self-awareness, employing specialized modalities depending on each visitor’s particular needs. Swedish and lomi-lomi techniques may foster a deep sense of relaxation, and neuromuscular therapy and lymphatic drainage aim to encourage the body’s natural healing process. During some treatments, the staff rubs skin with moisturizing salves mixed in-house from organic coconut oils.
Massage isn’t the studio’s only soothing service: the staff also pampers its clients with other spa treatments. Facials can incorporate everything from antioxidant-rich serums to scented essential oils, and body scrubs use Dead Sea salts or organic brown sugar to gently exfoliate the skin. To help firm and tone torsos, the staff also applies wraps of natural, mineral-rich seaweed harvested from the dwelling-places of the world’s sveltest manatees.
When greeting new clients, the receptionists and medical staff at Victoria Med Spa can listen to concerns, analyze needs, and talk about the weather in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, or Greek, as well as English. These same therapists then treat injuries or bolster general well-being through custom weight-loss plans and holistic treatments backed by medical-grade equipment. Medical staffers man FDA-approved Venus Freeze radio frequency to tighten skin and reduce the volume of fatty tissue, or perform teeth-whitening treatments to leave pearlies ready to gnaw through velvet ropes. Slow sighs drift from treatment rooms in which therapists gently knead muscles during deep-tissue massages.
As part of each service, mugs of hot herbal tea warm hands and unfurl delicate floral aromas. The staff also promote mental well-being by surrounding patients with sea-foam-green walls, eclectic artwork, and candles, and by handpicking each musical note as it emerges from the spa stereo.
For more than 20 years, Laser Center of Orlando has been home to disappearing acts that would rival those of any magician. Instead of top hats and handkerchiefs, however, the center's tools of choice are lasers. In the hands of advanced registered nurse practitioners and certified technicians, these powerful devices can eradicate body hair, sagging skin, spider veins, acne, and even tattoos during meticulous treatments.
Though the lasers may be the starring act, other cosmetic services perform equally admirable feats. Anti-aging facials, peels, and microdermabrasion sessions restore a youthful glow to complexions, and dermal fillers such as Botox cancel out fine lines and wrinkles. Botanically based body wraps strive to tighten, tone and firm problem areas such as the stomach and neck, and an infrared sauna provides relaxation, detoxification, and skincare simultaneously.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Epic Skin Care owner Cymone Charles recognizes that everyone’s skin is different, varying in color, type, texture, and tone. That's why she uses botanical-based Bioelements products to create a diverse array of facials. The women’s signature facial softens and smoothes the skin with a high-frequency treatment and the back treatment clears up the skin on the shoulders so that clients can wear backless pajamas to work with confidence. There's even a men’s signature facial that banishes breakouts and ingrown hairs with a deep pore cleansing. Epic Skin Care’s other spa services are equally adaptable: Aestheticians wax 20 distinct face and body areas on both men and women, and nail specialists perform manicures and pedicures that can be enhanced with aromatherapy soaks and coconut-mango foot and leg massages.