One of Montreal’s most distinctive spas, Bota Bota Spa-Sur-L’Eau can be found anchored in the city’s Old Port. Originally named The Arthur Cardin, the ferryboat began its life on the water in the 1950s. It later became a Richelieu River show boat named L’Escale in 1967. Eventually, the Emond family acquired the ship in 2008 with the idea of transforming it into a spa. Opened in December 2010, Bota Bota features five decks with a range of spa amenities.
In addition to 21 treatment rooms, the boat has two saunas with incredible views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Port, two eucalyptus steam baths, two outdoor whirlpool baths, four cold showers and baths, relaxation areas, and a restaurant.
Adventurous spa-goers can even plunge into the St. Lawrence River, regardless of the season. The Bota Bota Gardens, the spa’s first venture onto dry land, debuted in May 2015. There, guests can enjoy an infinity pool, a whirlpool, and a cold bath along with a steam bath, a relaxation area with daybeds, an outdoor fireplace, and more. A relaxing riverside retreat for groups, the spa also boasts frequent events, such as yoga and live music sessions, and a popular passport membership for those interested in regular visits. It’s wellbeing to float anyone’s boat.