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Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau

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Old Port of Montreal | Corner McGill and de la Commune West, Montreal, Quebec QC H2Y 3H8, Canada
+1 514-284-0333
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Scenic Vantage Points & Magical Hands

The Bota Bota Spa is a unique adult playground. I loved the various vantage points to Old Montreal... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
Julie J
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Little paradise in Montréal

I have been going to Bota Bota regularly for the past few years and this place never disappoints... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2016
Julie M
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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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“water circuit” (133 reviews)
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“spa experience” (24 reviews)
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Old Port of Montreal | Corner McGill and de la Commune West, Montreal, Quebec QC H2Y 3H8, Canada
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

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...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2017

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!

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Reviewed December 17, 2016

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...More

Thank Julie M
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2017

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!

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Reviewed November 29, 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!

Thank Aniket B
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2016

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!

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Reviewed November 28, 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...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed November 27, 2016

Thankfully my massage was very good cause other than that, didn't enjoy the environment. We went in November, it was NIPPY inside the spa. It was very crowded. I say visit here on a less crowed HOT day so you can enjoy the outdoor space.More

Thank Kimberley O
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2016

Dear Kimberly, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I'm sorry to read that you did not enjoy the environment. With the facilities on the ship (2 jacuzzis, 2 saunas, 1 steam room, 2 cold plunges, many relaxation areas and a restaurant)...More

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Reviewed November 25, 2016

The setting of this spa blew me away. My wife and I did the massage combined with a 3 hr water circuit while vacationing for a long weekend. I wouldn't consider myself a spa connoisseur or anything, but this was top notch all around. The...More

1  Thank PJiLLa66
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2016

Dear "PJiLLa66", Thank you for your kind review! I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your time spent aboard. You are right that weekends and summer days are more crowded, but the site is vast enough to accommodate all of our passengers comfortably!...More

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Reviewed November 22, 2016

Amazing place the staff is superb they are gentle people that care about your experience you don't feel like just another customer the facilities are clean and very well organized you can find whatever you're looking for in there from hammocks to very cozzy rooms...More

1  Thank Alvaro U
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2016

Dear Alvaro, I'm more than happy to read that you enjoyed your time spent aboard Bota Bota. I'm glad that you thought our staff was kind and made you feel welcomed as this is our main mission! I hope we will welcome you again sometime...More

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Reviewed November 14, 2016

Bota Bota is a spa on a barge in Montreal Harbour, adjacent to Old Montreal. There are multiple pools of various temperatures, all outdoors, plus lots of indoor massage and café facilities. The friendly staff and super-clean site, reasonable price and unbeatable views make it...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2016

Dear "Lorne P", Thank you very much for your kind review! You are right that the views we get from the ship are really beautiful, and changing every day, depending on the season, time of day, weather, etc. Watching those huge ships maneuver just meters...More

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Reviewed November 12, 2016

Agree with many other recent reviewers that the spa is excellent but pricey. Staff was very pleasant and welcoming. Massage was good. The variety of pools, fire-pits and lounges was good. It was a beautiful day and the views of the city and port were...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2016

Dear "741lolo", Thank you for taking the time to share your Bota Bota experience with the Trip Advisor community. I'm very happy to read that you enjoyed your time spent onboard and hope to welcome you again very soon!

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Reviewed November 7, 2016

Let's get down to the numbers: 2 massages and a 3-hour access to the spa for 2 people: $325, that's kind of expensive. But the place was full! The concept if very cool, a city spa on a floating boat. The location is very good...More

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Natalie E, Responsable des relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2016

Dear "oli-business", Thank you for sharing your Bota Bota experience with the TripAdvisor community! I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your massage and that you felt our staff was nice and attentive! I am sorry you felt that Bota Bota was expensive....More

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Response from MasterGeorge8 | Reviewed this property |
Well, you can show up and go no reservation needed, but this is a popular amenity I suggest you reserve in advance, you won't be disappointed. But if you want to go and see the place first that will be fine. Enjoy and relax.
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Response from Rita S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, 3 days before are enough for reservations , if you go you cannot exchange the day ! Because anyways you pay once you are there and most of the ameneties and food before leaving not at the entrance , you wear a... More
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Response from Francine F | Reviewed this property |
From my personal experience m, I’ve been really relaxed afterwards and a dinner and a stroll follow perfectly so I recommend an afternoon trip. I’ve stayed around 3-4 hours max. Hope this helps and you have a great trip!
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