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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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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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A truly unique experience

My fiancée and I spent a long weekend in Montreal and had heard about Bota Bota as a special experience for an afternoon. We decided to try it out, and were not at all... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My fiancée and I spent a long weekend in Montreal and had heard about Bota Bota as a special experience for an afternoon. We decided to try it out, and were not at all disappointed. We elected to bop around the number of different pools, baths and saunas on the boat itself (as we neglected to bring flip flops to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are price sensitive but still like to treat ourselves so we visited the 'water circuit' on Sunday after 6pm. They have a $80 for two people promotion at this specific time. We had access to the 'water circuit' for 3 hours, which is plenty of time to enjoy the facilities. The outdoor jacuzzis are spacious and offer superb views... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really lovely spa !! Enjoying the peaceful and quiet space. We booked the relaxing massage for 60mins which is pretty good. And the outdoor jacuzzis are amazing!! Would come back next time with my families.

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

Dear "bowiebear0919", Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm glad to read you enjoyed your time spent aboard, including your massage! Our massage therapists are talented and passionate! We will gladly welcome you aboard with you family! More 

Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had no idea about this spa prior to going to Montreal for a quick getaway weekend. What a treat it was to come across this place. Wish I had packed my suit to enjoy the complete experience. Nevertheless, a good reason to go back. Love the walk to the spa and everything about the atmosphere.

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

Dear Keith M, Thank you very much for your kind words! You will have a good reason to come back and visit us with your swimsuit, next time you are in Montreal! Enjoying the water circuit is a fabulous experience for the mind, body and soul! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the water treatment circuit. Amazing! So refreshing and invigorating. We spent 3 hours enjoying the outdoor garden circuit with the snow swirling about us. So wonderful. The indoor facilities were equally enjoyable, with nice views. The restaurant was also nice, and you just wrap up in the robe they give you to go and enjoy your lunch. be... More 

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

Dear renee b, I first want to thank you for taking the time to share your Bota Bota experience with the TripAdvisor community! You are right that sitting in a hot tub, overlooking the Montreal skyline or the St.Lawrence River, with snow tumbling down is a wonderful experinece! We will gladly welcome aboard next time you visit Montreal! More 

Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bota Bota Spa is a unique adult playground. I loved the various vantage points to Old Montreal and Habitat 67 from the comfort of the saunas, hot tubs and pools. The gardens on mainland allow for optimal relaxation with the ability to cycle through the pool, steam room, sauna and cold plunge flawlessly. Arrive early for an uninhabited experience.... More 

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

Dear Julie J, Thank you very much for your kind review! I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your experience aboard, from the water circuit to your treatments. We hope you will visit Bota Bota again next time you are in Montreal! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to Bota Bota regularly for the past few years and this place never disappoints! It's a great place to relax and well located in the old port. The design of the place is really cool and gives you a nice view of the city. The staff is also very friendly. I highly recommend this spa :)

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

Dear Julie, I am very happy to read that you've been enjoying your experience as a returning passenger over the past few years! I hope you will visit us again shortly! More 

Montreal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I have visited Bota Bota multiple times and one of the big attractions for me is its fabulous location in Old Montreal, particularly at night when the lights are sparkling and one can lie back in one of its many pools and tubs and enjoy with friends. Particularly in the winter when the snow is falling, it is quite magical.... More 

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

Dear "45DegreesNorth", Thank you very much for taking the time to write this extended review! It's with constructive criticism like yours that we can always improve the quality of the services offered to our passengers. We take good note of your comments ! Regarding the heater in your room, some clients really enjoy a very warm room ! But your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Got a massage and a hot/cold/rest circuit soak. This is a boat on the river with hot tubs outside. The massage was great and the soak experience was surreal. Recommended!

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

Dear "Aniket B", Thank you very much for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community! I'm glad that you enjoyed both your massage and the water circuit! We look forward to having you onboard again very soon! More 

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69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The service at this spa was phenomenal, all treatments were top notch. Even with that being said, the facilities are incredible. Such a unique attraction both visually and physically. A true spa of spas. I would recommend getting the aquatic add on pass if you are going for just a massage, we made a relaxing day of it. Once you... More 

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

Dear "Pete_from_Miami", Thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review! I agree that to get a better experience of what Bota Bota is about, the water circuit should always be added to the treatments. Hot-Cold-Relaxation : the best recipe either before or after a massage to enjoy it's benefits to the fullest! We hope you... More 

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