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 Groupon: for $39, you get an automated spa-treatment package at Planet Beach Contempo Spa’s St. Petersburg location (a $225 total value). The package includes the following services:
- Three Hydro massages
- Three Hydro-Derma Fusion treatments
- Three Luminous facials. For each Luminous facial treatment, customers must purchase a $10 product pack that is not included in the value of the Groupon.
Planet Beach Contempo Spa modernizes traditional pampering treatments by handing them over to client-operated machines that rejuvenate skin and de-stress knotted musculature. Inside a private room, Hydro-massage beds loosen tightly spooled joints and soothe muscle-bound aches with a potent combination of heat and water pressure. Luminous facials cloak countenances beneath a glaze of topical skincare products before bombarding visages with revitalizing light therapy, reducing the appearance of such dermal blemishes as fine lines, sun spots, and fake muttonchops. During 20-minute sessions, Hydro-Derma Fusion treatments encase guests inside a billowing cloud of nutrient-rich steam and infrared heat that imbues skin with the youthful elasticity of a baby balloon animal.
A staff of helpful spa assistants is always on hand to answer questions and help first-timers use the machines. Like efforts to shake hands with every animal in the zoo, treatments can be spread across multiple visits. Clients should call ahead to make appointments, as services are subject to availability.
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 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.