Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. A week atop the glowing Velocity high-pressure bed keeps skin bronze three to four times longer than basic beds (a $25 value per session) and the Mystic Tan sprays skeletal wrappers with a one-week luster. Complete the corporeal overhaul with three 20-minute Luminous photofacials, which employ an army of gels, lights, and tiny Shetland ponies to renew collagen growth and firm skin.
Sun Cheaters Tanning & Waxing is owned and operated by a licensed aesthetician and medical assistant, who ensures that the studio’s beauty services also promote overall skin health. The staff offers in-studio and mobile airbrush tanning services for all skin types, using eco-certified organic DHA solutions infused with hyaluronic acid, green and white tea, lavender oil, aloe vera, and vanilla extract to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. For hair removal, waxing specialists rid the face and body of unwanted hair with Satin Smooth cream wax, which works is more effective than hard wax, but doesn’t taste as nice as Oreo cream.
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 Red Light facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial but can rejuvenate and reduce fine lines. 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 detoxify the body, spray tan skin, massage muscles, and burn calories.
Planet Beach operates on a membership system where 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.