Like fine marble statues, human bodies must be touched up on a regular basis lest their surfaces dull, their north sides moss, and their forearms fall off. Lavish your life vehicle with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one week of unlimited contempo spa services (up to a $250 value) at Planet Beach. This Groupon is valid at eight Triangle–area locations in Brier Creek, Cary, Renaissance, North Hills Mall, Cary Park Mall, Cary Crossroads Area, South Square Mall, and Apex. Services offered vary by location, and some services may require the purchase of additional products, so call ahead for details. Spray tans are limited to one session per week. This Groupon does not include the cost of retail products that may be required for select services.
Planet Beach’s state-of-the-art spa machines facilitate progressive spa treatments such as hydro-massages, Mystic spray tanning, and hydro-dermafusion facials. Clients can recline on a cushy hydro-massage bed as waves of warmth and water pressure wash away stress, tension, and memories of traumatic middle-school gym classes. Alternately, enter a Mystic tanning booth to imbue sallow skin with a bronze glow that lasts 5–7 days or moisturize visages with advanced spa services such as hydro-dermafusion and luminous facials.
Unlike swiss army knives and clones of George Plimpton, each machine is designed for one specific service alone to ensure in-depth care. Sprightly spa assistants are always on hand to answer clients’ questions and help first-timers to use the machines.
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.