Full Review of Bota Bota
Location: As we were approaching I was very confused and thought "Where the hell are we going?" But, this could have been because I was very unfamiliar with the area. It is directly on the lake and technically a boat but, don't look at it that way! Also, don't let the industrial outside fool you, the inside is very modern and sleek.
Front Desk Staff: Excellent! I mentioned this was my first time there and they were all but happy to tell me everything about the spa and even give me a tour. I was worried but, they spoke perfect English and didn't judge that I didn't know French which is sometimes hard to find in Montreal spas. They provided us with a towel and bathrobe but, no slippers. It's hard to find employees who actually care and it seems like all of theirs do, they want you to have a great time!
Spas: Wow, too many to list! Some include; outdoor decks with lounge chairs one has a hot jacuzzi, dry sauna which was pleasurably dry, very well steamed sauna, cold dip baths, multiple relaxation areas with bean bag type loungers which overlook the city, and whirlpools.
Main Changeroom / Bathroom: When I went there were quite a few people so it was a little tight and I feel it could be a little bigger but, because everything else was so excellent I didn't care much. The shower gel was lovely and the hair dryers worked very well. I wish they had shampoo and conditioner in the shower stalls.
Cleanliness: I am such a stickler for this, I always look everywhere to see how clean things are, this place is very clean. I only noticed near the end that they do in fact have people going around and cleaning but very inconspicuously so I never noticed them.
Area / Ambiance: We visited in the dead of winter and in the afternoon so we started with lots of daylight. During the afternoon, it was light but, not too bright. In the evening things changed to a quiet soft darkness which was lovely. I would easily say, that during both the day and evening, it was very relaxing. The experience here was just amazing.
Bistro: When I am served by an attractive, 18 year old looking boy child, I am a happy customer. But, more importantly he was genuinely nice to us and we appreciated that although we were of a certain age (more specifically in our 30's). The sweet potato muffin was excellent and came adorned with gold flakes and a caramel sauce. The sweet, salty, and savory nuts were to die for and had a perfect equal mix of nuts. The steak tartar was delicious and very fresh. Oh and the wine, the delicious wine, yum!
Technology: At this spa, when you arrive, you are given a stylish rubber bracelet. There is a microchip it it so you can easily access your locker without a key. It is also used to get additional services like the food. Just be careful, as when you are ordering wine you can just show them the bracelet and they serve you, so at the end it may be a surprise as to how much you actually spent lol.
Massage: Well I can keep this simple, her name is Jeannine V., and she gave me one of the best massages I can remember in a while. I frequent different spas about twice a month, consider this a massive compliment on my part, she was amazing. As I have had back surgery, I appreciated she asked questions prior to my massage to assess what I needed to be done / not to be done. What was the icing on the cake; after the massage, as I was leaving, she suggested a certain type of massage that may help me in the future with my back pain, even though she knew I was from out of town and wouldn't be returning again anytime soon.
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