We visited El Otro Lado for a couple of days during a 3.5 week visit to Panama over December / January, visiting Boquete, Panama City, and the Bocas Islands. Portobelo is a unique and special visit, made so for us by Jim Peebles and the retreat. We returned to Panama City via Colon and the Canal railroad which added another super experience to the trip, well worth while. El Otro Lado is a beautiful location, the design of which is very special indeed. Absolutely unique and everything is done to the highest standards. Certainly by a long way the best place we stayed in Panama. Offers a lot of extras if you are wanting them, but for us three days / two nights at the resort were filled by just exploring the estate, Portobelo town and its developing artisan offerrings (with Jim's special help) and enjoying the pool, bar (great cocktails) and restaurant. We really liked too the way the retreat supports and sponsors local development. Definitely a great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 surrounded by the National Park of Portobelo, El Otro Lado is the perfect place to relax and disconnect while contemplating the exuberant vegetation. With views of the sea, its four exclusive houses of eclectic tropical design integrate simple details with traditional handicraft of the Atlantic Coast.A streak of truly unforgettable experiences, El Otro Lado will take you to a harmonious and dreamlike place which is equipped with all the comforts of modern life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Otro Lado Hotel Portobelo
- El Otro Lado Panama/Portobelo