MONTREAL / Bota Bota

Sid Lee's transformation of an old river ferry into a world class luxury floating spa-boat is definitely nose-worthy.  Docked in the Old Port with former factories as a backdrop, the story of Bota Bota begins in the 1950's when it served as a ferry between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec, until 1967 when it became a show boat, L'Escale, for the next few decades.

Fast forward to 2008: the Emond family purchases the then-retired ferry with a dream of transforming it into a floating spa.  After a massive metamorphosis and the help of their friends at Sid Lee, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau opened in 2010 with a full gamut of health and beauty treatments: steam rooms, Finnish saunas, a nail bar, massage therapy, facials, manis and pedis, to name but a few.  Its most trafficked service -- the water circuit -- allows you to soak in a variety of heated outdoor pools while Bota Bota floats gently below you.

Their restaurant, L'Auberge sur la Route, also doesn't hold back on the eau-so-magnifique.  With Michelin-starred chef Éric Gonzalez at its helm, you can indulge in a healthy gastronomic experience while enjoying unobstructed views of of the St Lawrence.

Bota Bota
Old Port of Montreal
Corner of McGill and de la Commune Ouest

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