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.
Housed in a cozy space with calming blue accents, The Nest Salon & Tanning's aestheticians work their cosmetic magic as clients lounge in memory-foam chairs. The hair salon specializes in haircuts, color treatments, color correction, and children's haircuts, as well as formal updos and Brazilian blowouts. UV-free spray tanning imbues bodies with a sun-kissed look, and facial waxing removes unwanted hair and shapes eyebrows. As clients are primped and prettified, kids can entertain themselves in a children's play area.
Using only her hands and body-healing training, massage therapist Debra Holman tackles aches and tension. Blending massage and reflexology techniques, she prods empathetic points on the feet or invigorates the scalp with a cranial sacral massage to heal muscles and sooth away stresses. Newly loose muscles can be adorned with spray-tanning treatments, which coat the body in a flattering summery hue customized to match skin tone or the length of tall tales about meeting Jimmy Buffett.