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, such as 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.
The beauty team at Villager Salon and Spa pampers and primps clients in a combined spa and salon setting. On the salon side of the facility, a small band of experienced hair stylists with years of experience bestows hair sculptures with a parade of high-end hair and beauty products by Paul Mitchell, Coppola, and Kenra. Villager's equally tight-knit spa technicians carry out their own collection of services, each with a diverse skill set that encompasses trigger-point massage techniques, waxing, and the use of hot stones for massages and extreme juggling.
Celebrating their 25th year in the business, at Colleen & Company, visitors relax in a 3,600-square-foot palace of pampering staffed by a friendly, dedicated team of aestheticians. Staffers tend to coiffures, nails, skin, and muscles with certified-organic Aveda products, which engage the senses with appealing aromas rivaled only by bouquets of flowers made entirely from tiny pieces of new cars. Ridding bodies of unwanted fuzz, the spa's waxing services smooth epidermises with two types of wax customized to suit the area of desired hair removal. Technicians can then decorate newly bare areas with Vajazzle applications.
The seven cosmetologists at JB Cavour Salon Spa wield more than a century's combined experience in the beauty business, as well as an arsenal of botanical Aveda products. Now in its second generation of family ownership, the recently renovated sanctuary keeps a healthy stream of “ahhs” flowing out the big bay window with luxurious massage, skincare, and hair services.
Private rooms blanketed in soothing music provide a relaxing environment for guests partaking in spa services. Aestheticians use 100% organic hard and soft wax to remove any unwanted hair from faces and bodies, and even offer Brazilian waxing parties for groups of ladies. Microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels aim to soften fine lines on faces, and eyelash extensions create lashes long enough to braid. Other pampering services include mani-pedis and massages.
The team at Serene Body Therapy possess an abundant variety of techniques for healing. Each of these is lodged in the heads of expert massage therapists, who pull from their internal pages, guided by intuition, to allay guests’ ailments with trigger-point, deep-tissue, and reflexology massages as well as shiatsu body therapy. Through individual appointments and custom-made integrated-care plans, they assist clients in relaxing or managing deeper health issues, such as chronic migraines and digestion pain. The healing gurus are also part of an extensive referral network that spans practitioners such as chiropractors, physical therapists, and nutritionists who can explain the dangers of eating plastic fruit.