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.
The readers of Fort Worth Weekly didn't say why they named Perfect Touch the Best Spa of 2013, but it's not hard to hazard a guess?or a dozen. Take the warm, private treatment rooms and soft music that backdrop Swedish massages and hot-stone therapy, for instance, or the lineup of Dermalogica products that skin specialists combine into custom facial treatments. There's also a more technological side to the spa: a cosmetic laser system that tightens the skin, and a Cynosure TriActive system that helps minimize the appearance of cellulite.
An entire second facet of Perfect Glow?Perfect Touch?focuses solely on tanning. UV beds use ultra-pressure lamps for quicker tans, and airbrush technicians evenly mist the skin with vegan, organic, and paraben-free solutions that, like the newest breeds of dogs, emit a subtle raspberry-almond fragrance when wet.
Open seven days a week, Baja Sun helps pigment-challenged patrons to achieve a natural bronze hue with an array of tanning services and brand-name lotions. The salon’s private treatment rooms house 20 Soltron UV beds divided into six levels of intensity to steadily draw out deeper hues. Mystic Tan sessions give time-crunched tanners a safe, UV–free glow in 90 seconds, ideal for patrons looking for a natural looking tan that don't have the time to spend all day in a spa. Tanners can choose from Original or Premium tanning cartridges for lighter or darker results, both of which have the option of a clear solution, which darkens gradually, or a bronzer solution, which glazes skin with an instant tropical punch.
Airbrush units sibilantly hiss and UV lights hum gently. Patrons, including several former pageant winners, wander among a range of beds, which dispatch bronzing beams to standing or horizontal guests. The electrically hued units have names like ETS Velocity and Sportarredo Extasy, all of them resembling something from a science-fiction film or a supercomputer?s yearbook. Xotic provides protective eyewear, and a range of beds in different levels allows patrons to customize their coloration. Specialists consult in private rooms, helping select the correct shade of spray-tan solution, which dries instantly and is almost completely odorless.