Bota Bota-Spa Sur L’Eau

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An Urban Retreat.

358 rue de la Commune ouest, Montreal, QC

Step out onto the ship deck, breathe in the summer air. Relax by the pool and take in the scenery around you. To your right, other boats and jet skis pass. To your left……….wait…… that Old Montreal?

Yup! That’s because you’re at Bota Bota Spa sur L’Eau. A stationary ferryboat parked in the Old Port waiting for you to embark. Once a working ferryboat, now a floating spa, Bota Bota is THE place to go if you’re looking for some R&R. Whether taking advantage of their water circuit, getting a massage in one of their cabins, attending a yoga/pilates class, or eating at their restaurant, you are sure to leave feeling revitalized.

The water circuits include saunas, steam room, cold pools, and hot pools, which should be used in a specific sequence in order to reap the benefits associated with thermal therapy (see steps here: You could also choose to simply relax and tan on any of the decks- a little stay-cation for anyone in need of an escape! 

The restaurant overlooking the water is also lovely. Have lunch catered by l’Auberge Saint Gabriel’s “Auberge sur La Route”, or sip on a fruity cocktail, while lying on a dreamy sun bed. Drink in one hand, magazine in the other. I could literally feel the stress melting away. 

If you are fortunate enough to have some days off between Monday and Thursday, take advantage of their reduced weekday pricing. You could also arrive before 11 am from Mon – Thurs, or after 6 pm any day of the week for a reduced rate for use of the water circuit (starting at $35/person). No reservation is needed for the water circuit, but if you plan on getting a massage or treatment, definitely call to make an appointment beforehand.

Another great aspect about this place is that it is opened year round. Make use of the hot pools, while surrounded by the magical old port in wintertime. Or go at night and watch the sunset. Either way, you are in for a treat.

If you’re in need of some R&R, a romantic outing, or just a day out with friends, look no further than Bota Bota Spa Sur L’Eau.

All aboard!

If you burn easily, bring sunscreen- they don’t sell on the boat. 
Bring a re-fillable water bottle- they have water on the boat, but no cups.
You give your credit card info when you arrive, and can then make all payments with a bracelet they give you, so don’t worry about bringing cash.
Check Bota Bota’s website for some great events they have coming up!
Get a lobster roll from Homard des Iles afterwards- it’s right near the entrance to the spa! Yum!
Lobster Roll @ Homard des Iles

Mind, Taste, Love.

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