It is a ferry without an engine that has been transformed into a floating health spa. Named Bota Bota (you are not supposed to ask what it means) this luxurious up market floating spa is docked at Montreal’s Old Port. A total of 2,500 square meter of space is spread out on five decks. The spa with over 20 treatment rooms features a cocktail bar cum pedicure lounge, an open air whirlpool and a sub-aquatic changing room. It offers amazing panoramic views of the city.
The ferry was originally built in the 1950s. It was converted into a floating theater in the 1960s. The current owners, entrepreneurial sisters Natalie and Genevieve Emond bought the ferry in 2008 and wanted to put their prior experience of the spa industry to profitable use by launching a high-end treatment center. They were on the lookout for a unique location that they got at the Old Port.
The views of the Montreal skyline as seen from the St. Lawrence River are breathtaking. The only thing lacking is the inability of the spa to sail. In fact the engines of the ferry were taken out to make room for the underwater changing room. Bota Bota offers the perfectly peaceful environment necessary for any therapy or treatment to become revitalizing or rejuvenating.