El Otro Lado is a private retreat, situated in a privileged refuge of Portobelo Bay, integrating design, culture, nature and luxury in a unique manner to provide guests with authentic experiences that are select and customized!

Located just over an hour from Panama City, and next to the Portobelo National Park, El Otro Lado is the perfect venue to relax and disconnect while pondering the lush and youthful verdure! With views of the sea, the four tropical eclectic design houses integrate simple details with handcrafted traditions of Panama’s Atlantic coast!

A veritable stream of memorable experiences, El Otro Lado takes you to a dream-like place that is in harmony and balance, yet replete with life’s modern conveniences.

360° of Pure Inspiration
Luxury is expressed in simple details, never as extravagant.


EL Otro Lado is approximately 2 hours away from the Tocumen International Airport.

  • Spectacular location in the tropical rainforest, bordering Portobelo Bay, and next to the Portobelo National Park
  • Integrated landscape design in an unspoiled expanse
  • Infinity view swimming pool
  • Tropical eclectic design
  • Indigenous decorative elements
  • Our food: International-Caribbean fusion
  • Secluded virgin beaches just a few minutes’ boat trip away
  • Local integration: Portobelo Bay Foundation, Rhythm School, Carpentry Workshop, Congo Arts Centre
  • El Otro Lado Music Channel by Radio Gladys Palmera
  • Activities
  • Guided Historical Walk
  • Congo Dance
  • Art Workshops
  • Beaches and Snorkeling
  • Cayuko – Kayaking Trip
  • Trail Walk in the Rainforest
  • Sport fishing
  • Trip to San Blas
  • Emberá Tribe Visit
  • Gazebo: Restaurant / Bar / Salon
  • Room Service
  • 5 Individual Houses: 8 Unique Rooms
  • Luxury, design, local art, photography and contemporary sculptures
  • King-size beds with 100% Egyptian Percale cotton Sheets by Rivolta Carmignani
  • 42” LCD TV with satellite, CD, DVD
  • WiFi included
  • Bose iPod SoundDock
  • Ammenities by Penhaligon
  • Mini-bar
  • Electronic safe
  • Bay-view writing desk