Island Glow looks more like an upscale day spa than a typical tanning salon. Ornate cabinetry, plush leather sofas, and boutique jewelry fill the spacious front waiting area. Upon arrival, a member of Island Glow's staff leads guests to one of the facility's private treatment rooms where clients choose from four different levels of tanning beds or opt for a customized, organic spray tan. They also offer a new, super express spray tanning solution that allows clients to shower in as little as 30 minutes instead of the traditional 12-15 hours. Each member of the team is Smart Tan-certified, a distinction that means they've undergone a rigorous training program and can recite the alphabet backwards. They also help people look and feel their best by offering other treatments including teeth-whitening services, massages, and facials.
At Sol Y Luna Tanning's three locations, sunless-tanning experts unveil a varied collection of body-bronzing apparatuses and direct visitors toward tanning products that jive with each person's skin type. The shop's standup and lie-down tanning beds from brands such as Solarix, Sun Up II, and Malibu darken epidermal expanses with UV rays, and spray-tan booths envelop bodies in a mist of UV-free tanning formula that doesn't streak, unlike unencumbered window panes running freely through the rain. Sol Y Luna Tanning's ornate chandeliers shed light over well-organized displays of lotion that guests can pluck to maintain their skin and newly earned tans.
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.
Jennie’s beauty treatments bring the pampering directly to her clients through waxes, spray tans, and mani-pedis. With eight years of experience—equal in time to two undergrad educations or two 5,000-inning baseball games—in the aesthetics business, Jennie brings expertise to every pore she cleanses and every lash she tints.
Sun Cheaters Tanning & Waxing is owned and operated by a licensed aesthetician and medical assistant, who ensures that the studio’s beauty services also promote overall skin health. The staff offers in-studio and mobile airbrush tanning services for all skin types, using eco-certified organic DHA solutions infused with hyaluronic acid, green and white tea, lavender oil, aloe vera, and vanilla extract to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. For hair removal, waxing specialists rid the face and body of unwanted hair with Satin Smooth cream wax, which works is more effective than hard wax, but doesn’t taste as nice as Oreo cream.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.