This was my second visit to Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau. I enjoyed it so much the first time, that I chose to take my mother here for her birthday where we spend the entire day.
My mom had a facial & massage and I had an exfoliation (honey & sugar scrub) treatment. We were both very satisfied with these services & I was pleased that the massage therapist for my mom, was particularly sensitive & attentive to all her special needs.
Lunch was totally delightful! We remained in our comfy robes while we ate on their pretty outdoor terrace overlooking the St Lawrence River. I had the “Salmon Tartare in the Spirit of a Guacamole with Tomatoes, Coriander, and Lemon” & my mom had the “Pesto Spread Tomatoes Mozzarella Basil Green Salad.” Both meals were superb & if you like sushi, I would highly recommend the salmon tartare which was fresh, tender & tasty.
For the remainder of the day, we relaxed on the upper deck where I sporadically used the water circuit (whirlpool, steam room, sauna & cold tub). The only thing that was a little bothersome, was a staff member who kept coming over to shush people who were in the whirlpool facing Cité du Havre. There was an indoor sign which advised clients to remain silent, but I didn’t recall seeing any visible signage outside, which is why people assumed they could talk. Of course once you get a bunch of people in a whirlpool or jacuzzi, they usually converse. A simple solution would have been to place a similar sign outdoors.
Nevertheless, we really enjoyed everything about our day - that is until dinner. This was a shame since it put a bit of a damper on an otherwise excellent day. We could have gone to one of the many exceptional restaurants in Old Montreal, but chose to dine at Bota Bota. It appeared that the waitress, who took our order was at the end of her shift (not our fault) & seemed almost agitated to serve us. In addition, she didn’t (or refused) to speak English, which only exacerbated the situation. In this regard, I used to work in the service industry and always spoke in the language of the client’s preference (be it French or English). It’s not only good business, but is respectful to that client. Nevertheless, I think that it was more the negative attitude of the waitress which put us off, especially since we chose to eat at Bota Bota versus anywhere else in the area. Having already spent a considerable amount there, we felt somewhat slighted to be treated in such a manner. To add insult to injury, the food for both of us, wasn’t remotely as good as what we had for lunch. My mom had the “Bagna Bread Tuna Roasted Peppers Olives Tomatoes Green Salad” & I had the “Lemon Chicken Breast Herbs Bulgur Carrots Honey and Mustard Sauce” which was extremely dry & tasteless.
I will conclude by saying that even though the end of our day was a little disappointing, the majority of the time we spent there was wonderful. This is something which we could not overlook and in the the end, I would still recommend Bota Bota for a relaxing get-away.
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