DEC 2018

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[ 24 ] • # dayspamagazine • december 2018 spa hopping by Lola Augustine Brown Dream Boat YEAR OPENED 2010 OWNERS Geneviève and Daniel Emond THE SPACE 45,000 square feet with 25 treatment rooms, 6 manicure and 6 pedicure stations, 6 terraces, 5 decks, 5 cold showers, 3 cold baths, 4 Finnish saunas, 3 whirlpool baths, 2 steam rooms, 1 pool, 4 relaxation rooms, a garden and a restaurant STAFF 100 front desk and customer service, 100 massage therapists, 10 estheticians, 15 restaurant staff , 15 technical operations MOST POPULAR TREATMENT Lomi-Lomi Nui Massage (60 min./$80; 90 min./$110) PRODUCTS USED/RETAILED Artistic Nail Design, Babor, Éminence, SpaRitual WEBSITE T he largest city in Canada's Quebec province, Montreal has long been known as one of the country's most chic tourist destinations. But for all of its modern sophistication, haute cuisine and high-end hotels, a rich history—dating back to 1642—is also a huge draw for visitors who delight in its quaint Eu ropean charm, especially prominent in Old Po rt's narrow cobblestone streets and French colonial architecture. Adding further appeal is the beautiful Bota Bota, a fl oating Nordic-style spa. It's not the region's only such spa—after all, Quebec boasts more outdoor hydrotherapy circuits than any other Canadian province—but it's certainly one of the most unique. Geneviève Emond credits her father Daniel, with whom she owns Bota Bota, for introducing her to the benefi ts of hydrotherapy: After he built a sauna at the family's lakeside cottage, they spent their summers alternating between the steamy soaking tub and chilly lake water. Inspired by these childhood experiences and their considerable health benefi ts, Emond was determined to bring similar wellness off erings to the big city. Alas, real estate was scarce—until her father learned that the fl oating structure in the Saint Lawrence River was up for sale, and proposed that they buy it and build the spa on board. Thus, in December 2010, Bota Bota opened for business. TOP: COURTESY MARIE-REINE MATTERA; BOTTOM: COURTESY CHARLES BRIAND Permanently docked in Montreal's Old Port, Bota Bota takes the Nordic spa experience to the next level.

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