In the Dark Ages, princesses exfoliated with Fabergé-egg dust and filed fingernails on the edges of gold doubloons. Revel in more-modern and luxurious beauty treatments with today's deal: for $20, new members get one week of spa services (up to a $250 value) at any of these five Planet Beach Contempo Spa's locations: Katy, Magnolia, Dickinson; and in Houston, choose between the Buffalo Speedway spa and the Westheimer Road locale. You may partake in up to three services on each visit, and all services must be used at the same location. There is a limit of one spray tan for the entire week.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services (services vary by location; see sidebar for services listed by location). These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy (at the Katy, Magnolia, and Dickinson locations only) to spray tanning and luminous facials. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Advanced spa services, such as hydro-derma fusion ($30 per session), sauna time ($40 per session), hydro massage ($40 per session), and luminous facials ($40 per session) provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members pay for packages or flat monthly rates. With a week of services, this Groupon allows anyone to take advantage of Rube Goldberg–style beautification on his or her own time frame. A staff of helpful spa assistants is always on hand to answer questions, help first-timers use the machines, and keep things safe and comfortable. Call ahead to make appointments; services are subject to availability.
Must be 15 or older to redeem (with parental consent if under 18). Only valid for one spray tan during the week. Must redeem all services at the same location.
Citysearchers give Planet Beach's Westheimer Road location in West Houston a five-star average:
Planet Beach Contempo Spa
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 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.