Drift Away in Unbridled Luxury on the Bota Bota, Montreal

The floating spa drifting on the shores of the St-Laurent River in Montreal offers the perfect modern environment to while away the day and indulge in the pleasures of waterside relaxation. Whilst the old ferryboat doesn’t strike you as the ultimate luxury venue from the outside, as soon as we stepped inside the grace of glass, panoramic views, perfectly placed portholes and charming ambiance invited us to embrace this unique setting for an afternoon of unbridled luxury.

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Plunge into the Nordic Baths

Working your way through the five beautifully laid out decks is the best way to experience la crème de la crème of the Bota Bota, immerse yourself in the dry sauna or steam bath on the sunshine deck before taking a plunge in the icy depths of the Nordic baths to invigorate your body and refresh your mind. Finally slip into the soothing energy of the whirlpool and gaze out over the beatific views of the ebbing river and Old Montreal as your body depletes all its bad energy.

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Massages Choreographed to Music

Onboard massages are a new sensation, especially for those looking to fully unwind. With dramatic techniques from beyond the borders you can opt for traditional Swedish sensuality, fresh and innovative Californian pressure or Japanese Kobido to diffuse the tension in your face and leave you looking radiant. One of the most sensory massages as luminous as the environment is too choose the special Bota Bota massage choreographed to live music performed by a talented harpist. The beautiful balance of sound and sensory texture will elevate you to new pastures.

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Lift your Mind and your Skin

Take your body on a tribal journey starting with a rich Baobab oil and coffee grain scrub to flush away dead cells, followed by a soothing cactus wrap and a luscious Thaiti monoï massage. The whole process will leave your mind lifted and your skin as smooth as silk.

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Delectable Dining Onboard

After paying rigorous attention to the body from tip to toe, it was time to fuel the fires with a delectable dining experience onboard the Bota Bota. Fresh local produce, a touch of zest and a menu geared towards sheer health makes the floating dining room an oasis of refined gastronomy.

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Nibble your way through an artisan platter of Quebec cheese and marinated olives, tuck into a mesmerizing duck confit sandwich and finish with a dreamy chocolate torte served with hibiscus jelly. Of course, no celebration in the body, the mind and soul would be complete without raising a mimosa and toasting the rare delights of the Bota Bota.

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Luxury spas can be found across the globe, but the Bota Bota seems to deliver something special. Whether it’s the ebb and flow of the river, the sensation of being beyond the city skyline or the dedicated attention to detail, this floating spa will ensure you drift away.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes