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 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.
At Tanfastic, the scene is set for customers to fake a beach vacation. Fronds of palm trees rustle, teal walls are colored like the ocean, and staff members make shushing sounds that mimic the ocean's waves. Customers seeking UV tanning can recline in one of the salon's beds or in a standup booth, where circulating air keeps them cool. Those who shun UV rays completely can get a natural-looking tan in the Mystic Tan spray-tan booth.
The stainless-steel, acrylic-free surfaces of the standup tanning booths at Kool Tan provide bronzing with a clean way to get an even UV tan, which takes no longer than 11 minutes per session. For a 60-second spray tan, an automated, hands-free booth spritzes the body in a tanning formula before blow-drying the skin to prevent streaks and plaid patterns, bestowing the physique with a natural-looking, golden-brown hue. To supplement tans with subdermal relaxation, the far-infrared dry sauna exfoliates while relaxing and detoxifying the body during 20-minutes stints. A hydrotherapy water-jet massage soothes sore sinews, relieves muscular tension, and stimulates circulation throughout the customizable 20-minute session, during which the client lies, fully clothed, in a dry capsule or a hollow jelly bean.
Planet Fitness's massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
The founders of Soleil Tans believe that a trip to the tanning salon should feel like a mini-vacation—a welcome respite from the stress of work, the chaos of exams, or the company of a pet dog who just learned how to play the theme to Three's Company. They've packed their sleek, modern salons with powerful standup booths and tanning beds, outfitted with amenities such as music players, air conditioners, and adjustable air showers. There's even specialty beds designed to target upper bodies, faces, and legs.
The salons are staffed by sunless tanning specialists boasting extensive training and experience in the art of spray tans. They airbrush skin with a UV-free Norvell formula, customizing applications to accommodate varying skin types and desired looks. The staffers can also equip clients with professional skincare products that help moisturize skin, as well as teeth-whitening solutions that work to brighten smiles during UV-tanning sessions.
Tan It Up transforms tanless skin into attractively darkened dermis with a sanitized, comfortable environment and high-quality beds and products. A month of tanning gets a visitor limitless access to the Level 1 Ovation 3400 tanning bed, whose brightly smiling lamps and sanitized sheets wrap your body in sunshiny shades after 15 minutes. Hop in the Powerbed from Sunstar or quote Chaucer in the stand-up SunCapsule booth, both of which perform their dark magic in 10 minutes. For a UV-free tanning experience, choose a session with the airbrush tanning system, which will leave your body sparkling with bronze beauty in less than 15 minutes. To ensure customer satisfaction, Tan It Up provides its clients with free eye protection and makes an effort to remember returning customers' favorite beds, music, lotions, and Gilligan’s Island characters.