Without spas, terrycloth bathrobes would have to make ends meet by taking part-time jobs as car-wash rags and Muppets. Help keep bathwear gainfully employed with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one week of unlimited spa services at Planet Beach. Customers can choose to enjoy the week of pampering at one of 15 participating locations.
Each Planet Beach Contempo Spa enables self-inflicted beautification by introducing visitors to a fleet of automated spa machines. Patrons can prime their full bodies for a week of treats by stepping into a Mystic Spray Tan or UV tanning booth, capable of enhancing pigmentation without breaking any glow sticks. Though offerings vary by location, most spas offer Luminous facials, which employ light therapy to reduce wrinkles, discoloration, sagging, and shadow puppets, and teeth whitening, which decreases smiles' offensiveness to polar bears. Stress-releasing services include HydroMassage and oxygen therapy, both completely hands-free.
Because Planet Beach Contempo Spa's machines cannot answer questions about their functions or grandfather's favorite hard candies, each center comes equipped with helpful human assistants. Enlist the expertise of staffers when getting acclimated with robo-beautifiers, or let spa visits act as escapes from the stresses of socializing, small talk, and expectations to sing a cappella with strangers.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.