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El Otro Lado - Private Retreat

Bahia de Portobelo, Provincia de Colon, Portobelo, Panama


  • Rooms : 19.0
  • Service : 19.0
  • Public Spaces : 20.0

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Thinking of El Otro Lado, on the edge of Panama’s Portobelo National Park, as simply a hotel misses the point in a couple of ways. On the one hand, with just four units it’s got to be just about as small as a hotel can get. But on the other hand, each of those four units offers an experience that’s far, far bigger than any ordinary hotel can provide.

They’re houses, really, rather than just rooms, each one named for one of El Otro Lado’s four elements: Forest, Sea, Sun and Spirit. And while the location, on the coastal fringes of the lush rainforest, is obviously the largest part of the appeal, the colorful, well-crafted houses only enhance the experience. Light-hearted contemporary design serves as a backdrop for an eclectic collection of artworks and objets — let it never be said that there’s anything typical about El Otro Lado.

It’s a magical place simply to lounge, whether in the houses or by the infinity pool, looking out over Portobelo Bay. But it’s not as though that’s the only option. Where there’s a national park, all manner of outdoor excursions are sure to follow — not just on land but by on the water as well: from beach excursions and river tours to nature walks, snorkeling and fishing trips, and visits to cultural and historical sites.

How to get there:

El Otro Lado is located 125km (1h30m) from both Tocumen International and Albrook Airports. Transfers can be arranged for USD100 per couple, one way or USD200 round trip. Please contact for assistance with airport transfers.

This hotel includes the following special privileges for Plus Members only:
  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
  • One complimentary glass of wine per guest at the time of arrival
  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment for the beach excursion
  • Complimentary excursion to Playa Las Huertas (1 trip per stay)
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  • 4 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded
  • 1 Guest Review
  • El Otro Lado - Private Retreat
  • Bahia de Portobelo, Provincia de Colon
  • Portobelo, Panama

Hotel amenities and services

  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Library
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

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