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El Otro Lado is a family owned not for profit private retreat located in a secluded enclave of Portobelo Bay, a Unesco protected world heritage site and protected natural park in the Republic of Panama. This family of passionate creatives has worked for decades in keeping Portobelo’s rich cultural heritage alive by supporting social development through art, music, entrepreneurship and tourism.

 

We believe that what sets El Otro Lado apart from other luxury hotels and retreats throughout the world is its capacity to blend nature, relaxation, history, culture and above all, an authentic local integration in a well crafted once in a lifetime experience aimed at those well travelled.

OUR CASITAS

An exciting private retreat built with respect for the environment and its natural setting. A colourful and unique architectural ensemble consisting of five exclusive villas of artistic bohemian design where you can forget everything but living, and where the word “feeling” takes on a new meaning.

Discover Portobelo

We’ve learned to appreciate the complexity and depth of great destinations such as Portobelo Bay, one of the world’s last hidden treasures. Few places unite in one space such a profound wealth in nature, people, history and culture.  

Experiences

A once in a lifetime experience isn’t born after staying at a sumptuous luxurious resort, but rather by bringing out what is unique and can’t be found elsewhere in a destination.  We provide an intimate behind the scenes access to Portobelo through our magical lens. 

Rates and Activities

More information about our Bed & Breakfast and El Otro Lado Experience Rates.

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WAYS TO STAY

This are our suggested “ways to stay” itineraries for a 3 days stay.  We are more than happy to help you create your personalised itinerary depending on what you want to live and experience at El Otro Lado.

  1. Cultural Immersion

    • Portobelo Town Cultural Walk
    • Art Workshop
    • Hike up to the forts
    • Picnic at our Rustic Beach Club
    • Taste of the Tropics Cooking Class
    • Special Meal at The Owner´s Villa
    • Portobelo Bay Foundation Cultural Presentation
  2. Adventure

    • Rainforest Guided Hike
    • Guided Kayak Tour
    • Deep board Diving
    • Diving, snorkeling and waterskiing
    • Daily Wellness activity 
    • Rustic Beach Club at Puerto Francés
  3. Honeymoon Experience

    • Sunset Mangrove Safari (La Faraona)
    • Breakfast at the Fort
    • Relaxing or therapeutic couple massage
    • Picnic at the beach or at the Barrage Lake
    • Portobelo Bay Foundation Cultural Presentation
  4. Family Time

    • Rainforest Guided Hike
    • Taste of the Tropics Cooking Class
    • Art Workshop
    • Rustic Beach Club at Puerto Frances + Snorkeling
    • Movie night at Casa Grande
    • Kayak or wakeboard
  5. Relax and Decompress

    • Yoga
    • Relaxing or therapeutic massage at the Barrage Lake
    • Art Workshop
    • Picnic at the Barrage Lake or at the Beach
    • Faraona Mangrove Safari
    • Taste of the Tropics Cooking Class
  6. Wellness Retreats and Special Groups

    • Itineraries according to your needs
    • Spaces for forums, meetings, presentations
    • Group activities

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