Hot List 2011

Bota Bota, Montreal, Canada

Tel: 514-284-0333
Massages, $90-$131

What: A boldly transformed pleasure boat moored in Montreal's Old Port, with a four-seasons indoor-outdoor "water course" of hot and cold tubs, a steam room, pristine saunas, and treatments using superluxe Bernard Cassière products from Paris.

The look: Industrial maritime moderne, with portholes and tightly spiraling staircases. The over-dark changing rooms in the ship's bowels bring to mind the phrase watery coffin, but the upper water course decks are a sparkling miracle; giant windows and terraces have breathtaking nautical views.

Who goes: Local dot-commers, chic French-Canadian wedding parties, and Europeans staying in Old Montreal.

The treatment: The water course is the main event; if you're intent on a facial, try the hydrating Honey Comb, which uses Cassière products.

P.S.: Make sure the sailor theme doesn't touch your skin—request a non-smoking aesthetician.

Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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