Historic ferry transformed into a floating day spa
August 25, 2011
Sid Lee Architecture is the design firm behind the transformation of a 1950's steam ferry, currently named Bota Bota. The storied ship once operated as a ferryboat between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec during the 50's and 60's, followed by a stint as a Richelieu River show boat. The ship is now anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and has been completely refurbished into a day spa, featuring five decks fitted with various spa installations.
"Our team set out to recreate an environment reminiscent of an ocean liner voyage, even though the ship would remain at dock, contemplating the Montreal skyline and the river," says Jean Pelland, the architect behind the project.
The Bota Bota spa-on-water features a tasteful interior design, with porthole windows, interior and exterior lounge areas and an outdoor water circuit. Guests can step onboard for a day and enjoy a range of spa treatments and facilities including: two saunas with views of the river and the Old Port, a eucalyptus steam bath, outdoor whirlpool baths, cold showers and baths, massage therapy, body treatments, facial treatments, yoga, meditation, relaxation areas, a gourmet snack counter, terraces and a garden.
The floating spa is reminiscent of the proposed restoration for the 1935 MV Kalakala. This historic steamlined vessel is slated to undergo US$49.5 million of renovations, with plans to operate privately as an entertainment, special event, dinner and moonlight cruiser.
Access to the water circuit on the Bota Bota spa-on-water is priced from CA$45 (US$45.60).