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 of the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Lumiere facial, an infrared light-based service that delivers anti-aging results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Slim Capsule stimulates the muscles similarly to that of doing a 3 mile run while receiving a massage, and the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other treatments include cosmetic teeth whitening, Mystic HD spray tanning, and massages.
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 expert spa consultants who are always on hand to help with anti-aging, weight-loss, detoxification, nutritional needs, and demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.