El Otro Lado, Private Retreat

Portobelo, Panama
Neighborhood: Enclave of Portobelo Bay

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  • Complimentary one-way round-trip private airport transfers
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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PROPERTY SIZE: 7 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Eclectic
VIBE: Zen
Ecotourism Local Immersion Seclusion

El Otro Lado, Private Retreat

Neighborhood: Enclave of Portobelo Bay
Address:
El Otro Lado Avenue
Bahia de Portobelo
Portobelo, 23510
Panama
Nearest Airport:
Tocumen International (PTY)
38 mi / 61 km

Hotel Features

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About Us

El Otro Lado is a private retreat situated in an exceptional enclave of Portobelo Bay, mixing design, culture, nature and luxury in a unique manner in order to offer its guests authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences.

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

Destination - Portobelo is one of the most cultural destinations within Latin America.

Located on the Caribbean Coast, it was one of the most important villages in America during the colonial period, a vast majority of the gold and wealth that sailed back to Spain passed through this town.

In 1976, the National Park and four years later, the ruins of the fortifications together with the nearby Fort San Lorenzo were recognized World Heritage by UNESCO.

Foundation - The Rainforest, rivers, sea, climate, native people’s history, galleons, slaves, pirates, and merchants have joined together to form a Portobelo that is bio-diverse and rich in cultural, ethnic and varied artistic expressions. These expressions range from the delicate woodwork of carpenters, the interpretative dance and artistic sounds of young local Congo performers, to the dance and music emanating along the coastline during the area’s holidays.

All this wealth does not deny the fact that Portobelo presents great deficiencies in the education, health and welfare of its people. The Portobelo Bay Foundation, together with the caretakers of El Otro Lado, is committed to improving the quality of life of the community with programs that seek advancement through culture, and with initiatives that promote development with identity. In this way, El Otro Lado becomes a vehicle of cultural expression that allows its guests to participate, with their stay, in the integral development of Portobelo’s population.

Our Food - Fusion Cuisine is a delicious mix with the ultimate purpose of satisfying the different palates uniting the local food culture with European, American and Oriental traditions.

Our food is based on local, primary, organic tropical ingredients to present a creative yet simple menu.

The idea is to invite you to a journey through the textures and flavors of the different dishes. Professional gourmets reveal that the secret of the preparation lies in reaching a balance between colors, quantity and quality. Our chefs Juan Ríos and Mirna Chavarría trained by culinary experts work with this formula on a daily basis.

We can gladly accommodate special meal requests and private dinners; we also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus.

Best of the Best

Watch local artists carve sculptures and furniture in an on-site workshop at El Otro Lado. This playful, private jungle retreat simply inspires creative adventure, from its inventive Caribbean-fusion fare to the range of activities around the protected bay. You can dive underwater wrecks, cruise the river in a dugout canoe, join a painting workshop, explore UNESCO-designated fortifications, or attend a traditional Congo dance. The four houses and three Casa Grande rooms are equally imaginative, adorned with fun folk art and molas. Enjoy a massage en suite or in the spa’s treatment room.

Hotel Tip

Besides the hotel’s gallery, the nearby Casa de La Cultura Congo supports a host of local artists and craftspeople. Pack an extra bag for all your finds.

Location

Address
El Otro Lado Avenue
Bahia de Portobelo
Portobelo, 23510
Panama
Neighborhood
Enclave of Portobelo Bay
Nearest Airport
Tocumen International (PTY), 38 Miles / 61 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

Forest House

A one-bedroom villa tucked between a soothing waterfall and the rainforest, with its views of the surrounding Portobelo Bay, this 65m2 house displays examples of the work of local artists, together with molas (decorative fabrics painted by Guna Indians) and a peculiar collection of Turkish caps.

  • Garden View
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Internet Access

Sea House

Thanks to its unique position; the stimulating nature together with the views over the rainforest and the sea bay from the terraces; staying here is an experience of pure energy. Its 65 m2 contains a collection of African masks made by plastic waste material in the most genuine representation of Arte Povera.

  • Garden View
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Internet Access
  • Sitting Area

Sun House

At the edge of the rainforest, with exceptional views of the bay from its two terraces, exclusive privacy and all the elements for maximum comfort. Sun House is decorated with a collection of Congo headgear with paintings by local artists of the Portobelo Workshop and with evocative photographs of Sandra Eleta, one of Panama’s most recognized contemporary creators.

  • Garden View
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace

Spirit House

Touching the sea, Spirit House is divided into a living room, two individual suites and unique views of the sea bay from the terrace. It has been decorated with a astonishing design, displaying samples of painting and sculpture created by artists from the Portobelo Workshop, colonial chairs, indigenous handicraft made by Guna and Embera Indians, contemporary photography and European art.

  • Garden View
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Internet Access
  • Sitting Area

Casa Grande - Suite 1, 2, 3 & 4

The elegant geometry of the building, with its ample terraces facing the rooms, are an ideal setting that highlights the extraordinary view of the Bay of Portobelo.

With nearly 800 m2, the residence is arranged over two floors. Ground floor: includes a centrally air-conditioned living room, which may be easily prepared for private or business meetings, plus a bar and outdoor dining. The three suites, which are located on the second floor, each has its own identity and unique elements, surrounded by spacious terraces with exceptional views of the jungle and the bay.

The initial idea of this construction endeavored to respect the privacy of the guests, so that despite the ample areas of space, the designers have incorporated nooks that add both warmth and privacy. Making it a unique and perfect place to unwind in relaxing and beautiful surroundings.

  • Garden View
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Internet Access
  • Sitting Area
Total 5 Records

Facts & Policies

Facts
Experiences
Ecotourism, Local Immersion, Seclusion
Vibe Zen
Room Style Eclectic
Number of Rooms 7
Check-In Time 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time 1:00 PM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

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Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

Reservations must be guaranteed.

Cancellation Policy

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Accepted Forms of Payment

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Terms & Conditions

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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  • Complimentary one-way round-trip private airport transfers
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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