About us

…In the beginning, Paradise was found in the jungle

El Otro Lado Private Retreat is situated in the exceptional enclave of Portobelo Bay, which uniquely integrates nature and culture into design and luxury to offer its guests authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences.

Located just over an hour from Panama City and within the Portobelo National Park, El Otro Lado will take you to a harmonious and dreamlike place, with all the comforts of modern life. The ultimate combination of authenticism, luxury, and comfort with an overwhelming sense of tranquility.

360° of Pure Inspiration

Spectacular situation setting in the tropical rainforest, near Portobelo Bay, and inside within the a National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site – San Fernando fort on the edge of the property

Infinity pool overlooking the Portobello Bay

Artistic, eclectic design

Gazebo: Restaurant / Bar / Lounge

Our cuisine: International-Caribbean fusion

Room Service

El Otro Lado Music Channel by Gladys Palmera

El Otro Lado offers its guests movies, books and entertainment games

Activities: Art workshops, mangroves and river tours on our elegant barge, La Farahona, beach picnics, fishing, diving, historical walks, massages, etc.

Virgin Caribbean beaches just a few minutes’ boat trip away

Engagement with the local community: Portobelo Bay Foundation, Escuelita del Ritmo, Casa de la Cultura Congo, Arts Gallery and Carpentry Workshops.


Most of our collaborators are born and raised in Portobelo. They are perfectly familiar with every corner of the estate and its surroundings; take advantage of their knowledge and their ability to create unique experiences.


No request is too great and no detail is too small for our dedicated team. We will gladly can assist you before, during and after your stay.