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DEC 2018

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[ 26 ] • # dayspamagazine • december 2018 spa hopping Ship Shape After purchasing the stationary 60-year-old ferry, Emond was faced with the immense challenge of creating a full Nordic spa, complete with whirlpool tubs, icy plunge pools, Finnish dry saunas, cold showers and steam rooms. "We were putting huge hot tubs that are bigger than most residential pools on the top deck, which makes no sense to a naval architect," she explains. "When you design a boat, you want to put all the weight in the bottom for stability or else it's going to fl ip." Therefore, the vessel had to be taken to a dry dock where the hull was signifi cantly enlarged. "We had to make it unsinkable, but do it the right way," notes Emond. For added stability, Bota Bota is attached to metal poles dropped into the riverbed. So far, no bad weather has caused it to do more than gently rock. The spa's clientele includes tourists, urban hipsters and affl uent locals. After crossing a short bridge to board the fl oating spa, guests are greeted by a stunning architectural conversion that pays homage to the fact that Bota Bota started out as a humble ferry boat, but embraces light in clever ways that make the space on each of the fi ve decks feel considerably larger. There's a million-dollar view from every level—even from inside, whether through fl oor-to-ceiling windows or one of the 678 stylized portholes. Bota Bota was a hit as soon as it opened, and needed to expand quickly in order to keep up with consumer demand. So the restaurant, helmed by a Michelin-starred chef and initially located inside the ship, was moved onto an attached fl oating dock, and gardens were added to the existing dock where the boat is moored. During the summer, the gardens stay open until 1:30 a.m., and include a bar and live DJ. The offi ces are also in the process of being moved off the boat to free up more space for treatment rooms. TOP: COURTESY MARIE-REINE MATTERA; BOTTOM: COURTESY CORINNE FORTIER

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