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 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 operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning 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.
Colorlocks' expert hair strengtheners and shaders build body in flat manes with the Awapuhi hair treatment, named Best Wave Enhancer in Allure magazine's 2010 Best of Beauty awards. A stylist will de-kink coifs, turning frizzy nests into waves silky and smooth enough to inspire a jealous slam ballad by Michael Bolton. Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi products wrangle wild ginger to daintily deck strands with greater volume and well-defined waves. Though not included in this Groupon, Awapuhi shampoos and rinses are available for at-home use, so manes can retain their beachy billows without sleeping in conch-shell curlers.
Light floods the cozy studio and streams through the wall-to-wall windows to bounce off the mirrors lining the practice space. High-energy music thumps through in the studio, giving students the extra oomph needed to motor through cardio moves or shake hips in a variety of fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba and ME (Movement & Energy) classes keep the mood playful, while stretch classes offer a tranquil respite in which muscles can elongate or practice imitating rubber bands. Expert instructors fuse yoga, ballet, and Pilates in barre classes, which help tone and sculpt muscles in 45- to 60-minute sessions.
An enthusiastic and passionate stylist, Michol approaches each client with their individuality in mind. That’s why he keeps 93 colors always within reach, mixing and matching to create subtle hues and shine that belong solely to the client he’s working on. Having trained under Thomas LaDage, a platform artist that performed demonstrations at industry shows, he understands how to work with complex treatments to create the right look that flatters clients’ facial symmetry, complexion, eye color, or the vase their hand is currently stuck in. When performing services such as updos or chemical straightening, he also relies on his knowledge and expert application of hair products from brands such as Paul Brown, which are made with Hawaiian plants and flowers that contain healing and replenishing properties.
With a repertoire that includes urgent, family, and occupational medicine, the physician-led staff at Affinity Immediate Care seeks to provide quicker and less-expensive services than emergency rooms. In addition to treating sprains, diabetes, and the flu, the specialists conduct work-related physicals and drug testing for employers. To keep ladies ship shape, the Well Woman program emphasizes the importance of annual examinations.
Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan?s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan?s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu?s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients?including the Houston Dymano Girls team?by helping them choose the best of each facility?s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Designer Skin and California Tan.