10 of the World’s Most Unusual Spas

Healing springs and purification rituals have drawn people to calming waters and relaxation hubs since prehistoric times. The continuing popularity of these complex bathing and meditation regimens has transformed the 21st century spa industry into a multi-million dollar phenomenon. People now have a wide range of spa treatments to choose from, but the best spas create a one-of-a-kind environment that considers the natural surroundings — inside and out. These spas aren’t as concerned with offering nightingale excrement facials, for example, as they are with creating a unique and unusual experience for their guests. We’ve located ten spas around the world that take an unconventional approach to tranquility.

Historic Ferryboat Spa

Bota Bota — which we first spotted on website Fubiz — is a converted ferryboat that used to carry passengers between Sorel and Berthier in Quebec during the 1950s and 1960s. It was also a Richelieu River showboat, but became a spa in Old Montreal several years ago. The lulling of the St. Lawrence River relaxes and energizes guests on the ferry’s five decks that boast a eucalyptus steam bath, outdoor whirlpools, relaxing gardens, and more. Fresh air, great views, and the merits of water make Bota Bota a big draw.