El Otro Lado

Portobelo National Park, Panama


Located within verdant National Parkland, absorb the chorus of tropical sounds that greet you on your journey to El Otro Lado. Uncover unparalleled biodiversity, opening your eyes to exotic species including toucans, sloths, and poison-dart frogs. This secluded retreat merges authenticity with exclusivity to create a tranquil paradise with modern comforts and special experiences.

Key Features

  • Five ‘retreat view’ villas and five private houses
  • Infinity pool overlooking Portobelo Bay
  • Restaurant, bar, and lounge area
  • Spa
  • Activities including hiking, Caribbean beach trips, mangrove safari, Portobelo cultural visit, cooking class, and water activities.

Nestled in their private, tropical paradise, you can’t help but smile at these quirky houses. Painted vibrant turquoise and pale blue, the houses exude an artistic style with chic, cheerful interiors. Each has a spacious veranda with astounding views and a super-king-size bed with heavenly Egyptian cotton sheets. For an ultra-luxury option, choose from a variety of gorgeous private houses with extra space, wonderful artwork and comfortable living areas.

The charming Gazebo surrounds the resort’s restaurant and lounge area, providing a welcome haven to kick back, relax and socialize in the presence of unique international art, cozy sofas and dreamy views. Indulge in an eclectic cuisine of international dishes, fused with delicious Caribbean flavors. Rich in seafood, the edible options at El Otro Lado use the finest local and tropical ingredients to ensure you leave desiring more. For a diversity of dining experiences, the delightful team can organize remote beach picnics, sundowners at the lake or private barbeques at your casita.

Why we love it

For a fascinating cultural experience, visit the indigenous Embera community in their local village to witness their traditional dances, music, and singing. You will also be educated in their gastronomy and uses of flora as natural medicines. Relish these raw, authentic moments with an endearing group of Panamanian people.

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