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Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau

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Address: Old Port of Montreal | Corner McGill and de la Commune West, Montreal, Quebec QC H2Y 3H8, Canada
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+1 514-284-0333
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Step onboard into a universe awash with astounding contrasts. In an...

Step onboard into a universe awash with astounding contrasts. In an invented space, between two water worlds... float away.Anchored at the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau offers passengers the healing benefits of a spa coupled with the natural lulling movements of the St Lawrence River. Surrounded by enchanting decor, with Old Montreal as a magical backdrop, this mysterious and innovative floating spa offers privileged proximity to the river while enjoying the relaxing and energizing merits of the water circuit.Bota Bota is comprised of five decks on which you will find the various spa installations: two saunas with incredible views of the river and the Old Port, a eucalyptus steam bath, outdoor whirlpool baths, cold showers and baths, relaxation areas, restaurant, terraces and garden.Over and above its breathtaking Montreal location, this unique spa offers prolonged well-being to its passengers through massage therapy, body treatments, facial treatments, manicures and pedicures, as well as yoga and meditation.You can also delight your taste buds at the restaurant operated by Auberge sur la Route, with Michelin-starred chef Eric Gonzalez at its helm. Affiliated with the reputed Auberge St-Gabriel, Auberge sur la Route allows passengers to complement their experience with a fresh and simple menu, both original and comforting, for a serene healing of body and mind.

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Unique Spa Experience

When I arrived for my massage, I was told that the therapist scheduled had an accident and was no longer available. I was refunded and offered a slightly shorter massage with a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cara C
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

- Not very easy to find, we got lost for a few minutes. - Very affordable, very unique (boat transformed/redesigned into a spa and still on water) - Service was impeccable. Facial (60 mins) was very relaxing, educating, and afforadable. - Good for all types of weather. We went in the fall and it was a bit windy but the... More 

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Port Jefferson, NY
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok So I think I'm so smart. I came for Easter Monday expecting it to be super busy... SO! My strategy was to get there right when it opens but to schedule a 11:15 massage, THAT WAY, all of the people who have to 10am massages will be inside getting their massages and I had the whole water circuit to... More 

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear Kristen, I first want to thank you for your very kind review! I will make sure to share it with the whole team and particularly with Vincent, our super strong massage therapist! I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your alone-time at Bota Bota. I personally prefer enjoying the spa by myself, at my own rhythm. So... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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507 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I arrived for my massage, I was told that the therapist scheduled had an accident and was no longer available. I was refunded and offered a slightly shorter massage with a different therapist, which was appreciated. Still kind of ruined the experience for me. It is a cool spa- located on a boat, massage rooms are cabins. Staff is... More 

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear Cara, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! I am very sorry we had to cancel your massage when you visited Bota Bota. It was unfortunately out of our control, but I am glad we ended up finding a solution! I hope next time you visit us, you will also try the water circuit, giving you... More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had an amazing deep tissue massage after work and then took advantage of the lovely facilities. I only wish I had more time to spend relaxing in all the swinging chairs and the hot tubs. The weather was severe but it didn't detract from the lovely scene available from both sides of the boat. Also the boat did not... More 

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear "AdventurBuddies", Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed your deep tissue massage. Our massage therapists are skilled and passionate... and it shows! Even under severe weather, the views from the ship on the St.Lawrence River, on Old Montreal and on the No.5 grain silo are amazing. You should try a sunny... More 

Laval
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting concept, great services overall best place to relax if you are in the middle of the city.

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear "johnny_view", Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We hope to welcome you aboard again! More 

Montreal
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213 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steps away from the heart of Old Montreal Bota Bota offers a beautiful selection on indoor and outdoor saunas, hot tubs, cold tubs and pools. The service is friendly, efficient and above all professional. not everyone is comfortable getting a massage but the staff here puts everyone at ease with their expertise and professionalism. The spa is on several levels... More 

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear "MajaMontreal", Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your time spent aboard. Those hammock chairs are indeed so comfortable! We hope to welcome you again in the near future! More 

montreal,quebec
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45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there in December of 2016. We enjoyed this spa but have to admit, this place is for the younger crowd as we are early 50 s and were surrounded with young people in early 20s getting ready to go out. Will I go back? probably not and they are expensive.

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear "stevewilliams", I first want to thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am glad you enjoyed Bota Bota's facilities, but I have to admit that I am a little bit surprised by your comment regarding our clientele's age, as we really do have passengers from all ages. I hope you will give Bota Bota another... More 

Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A few bite from our full experience review - "We made it through the path with the help of all the wayfinding in this park of the Old Port, it was a dark and romantic stroll as we approached the boat floating in water." "Of course the experience would not be complete without the beautiful hot tub on the very... More 

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear Iliana, Thank you so much for your kind words! They make me want to read the full experience, now! The views from the different decks of the ship, overlooking the St.Lawrence River, the Old Montreal and the old No.5 silo are indeed very unique and make for an experience in itself! We hope to have you aboard again soon! More 

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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely experience! Very high quality facilities and easily the best massage I have EVER had! I loved the experience of the outdoor pools in the winter. The views of Old Montreal were an extra bonus. Stop what you are doing and go here!

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Thank Melissa S
Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Dear Melissa, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review! I'm very happy to read that you had your best massage ever at Bota Bota. Our skilled and passionate massage therapist are the best this city has to offer! We hope you will visit us again sometime soon! More 

Montreal, Canada
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444 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I came here with two friends. I had a massage with Janik, deep tissue and it was wonderful. This spa is unique. A great view of old Montreal from the exterior pools and spa. The spa is spread on 3-4 floors, a bit confusing to get around if its your first time. If you come to chat with friends, there... More 

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Tasha P, Content and community Manager at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful massage aboard and that your overall experience was fun! As of May 1st, the nearby Quai Alexandra parking will be reopening with a total of 825 parking spaces. Great news for all the guests that would like to come by car as the dock is approximately 5 minute away... More 

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