Because bath time should always be fun.
Sid Lee's transformation of an old river ferry into a world class luxury floating spa-boat is definitely nose-worthy. Docked in the Old Port with former factories as a backdrop, the story of Bota Bota begins in the 1950's when it served as a ferry between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec, until 1967 when it became a show boat, L'Escale, for the next few decades.
Fast forward to 2008: the Emond family purchases the then-retired ferry with a dream of transforming it into a floating spa. After a massive metamorphosis and the help of their friends at Sid Lee, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau opened in 2010 with a full gamut of health and beauty treatments: steam rooms, Finnish saunas, a nail bar, massage therapy, facials, manis and pedis, to name but a few. Its most trafficked service -- the water circuit -- allows you to soak in a variety of heated outdoor pools while Bota Bota floats gently below you.
Their restaurant, L'Auberge sur la Route, also doesn't hold back on the eau-so-magnifique. With Michelin-starred chef Éric Gonzalez at its helm, you can indulge in a healthy gastronomic experience while enjoying unobstructed views of of the St Lawrence.
Old Port of Montreal
Corner of McGill and de la Commune Ouest
It's no secret that L'Avenue du Plateau is a Montreal institution when it comes to generously proportioned brunch plates at a fair price. Even in this negative double-digit weather this winter, we stillregularly witness hour-long lineups of faithful Canada Goose coats outside their door. Known for its large portions and Eggs Bennies with duck confit, L'Avenue is a must-do for brunch but is equally worthy at lunch with its burgers and club sandwiches that are sky high.
922, avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Local architect Manuel Aires Mateus has transformed this former 18th century home into a quiet, nirvana-esque hotel of only 6 suites nestled among some of Lisbon's most prized attractions and monuments. With the Pantheon, the Feira da Ladra, and the Castelo São Jorge at its doorstep, the Santa Clara 1728 welcomes guests to a soothing palette of warm neutrals, natural stone, and a minimum of furniture, punctuated with the odd 17th century painting and views of the Tagus river.
Santa Clara 1728
Campo de Santa Clara 128
+351 934 418 316
Available at unicornsareawesome.co