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El Otro Lado

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Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

As others have stated, arriving by boat to this artsy boutique resort is what I would imagine entering paradise would be like. The rooms are fully equipped and something artsy is in every corner. Be prepared, you are out in the middle of nowhere, you will relax! I've stayed in many other places in different countries and this resort is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Went there with our 2 kids. There are 4 houses et 3 rooms. We had to book 2 houses : they were very nice, clean with showers with a glass wall looking at the outside jungle. We did a walk in the jungle which was nice. Did not see many animals but was a good experience. The dinner menu was... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

What an extraordinary spot. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but it's totally connected to the rich culture of Portobelo. You could come to enjoy a perfect, relaxing, luxurious getaway, but I fear you'd be missing the point. The art, music, dance, costumes, carpentry, food, nature is all integral to the El Otro Lado experience (and the property itself has... More 

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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Arriving at El Otro Lado is like arriving at fantasy island! It's like a camp for adults in the tropics. We were greeted with passion fruit juice (seems to be a staple in Panama) and taken to The Spirit House with the other couple we were traveling with. (Another couple who were to be traveling with us had a family... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

In terms of the attention to functional architectural design and interior decoration, in a lifetime of travel I have never seen anything remotely akin to El Otro Lado. In every nook and cranny, in places that you would never think of putting in creative energy, suddenly something calls my attention and I think to myself, “That is really cool!” For... More 

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Panama Province, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

fantastic place.. great surroundings, and beautiful rooms.. however everything is an extra.. you pay crazy money ie nothing is below $500 per night.. and breakfast is not included! there is quite a bit do .. from walking in the rain foreast to paddle surfing, swiming.. ride through the man groves a must to do.. and simply relaxing and enjoying the... More 

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Diosamary L, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We are proud of the culture, traditions and surroundings that are part of the experience El Otro Lado, and get truly flattered when our visitors enjoy this experience during their stay. It is important to clarify that breakfast is included on our rates and we would... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

When we visited Portobelo we had lunch at El Otro Lado, but didn't stay. A really pleasant surprise. I didn't know that such a place existed in Panama. You are picked up by a boat in Portobelo for a short transfer to the resort. When you get off the boat you get a nice fresh juice drink and are met... More 

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Shell Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We spent 4 fantastic nights at El Otro Lado in June and loved every minute of it. The secluded location, idiosyncratic modern design and art, and the friendly staff made it feel more like staying in the home of a very rich friend with exquisite taste than a hotel. During our stay, we hardly left the grounds and spent most... More 

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Diosamary L, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Scott, Thank you for such a lovely review. It makes the whole team feel very proud. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest regards from all of us across Portobelo Bay, Diosa Loré Commercial Director More 

Reims
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We just come back from an 24 hours journey in this hotel and I will definitely miss it. Everything was perfect. We were welcome in Portobelo on the private boat of the hotel (there is an 8 minutes trip to reach the hotel, as it is not accessible by road). As we arrived on the other side, we just jump... More 

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Diosamary L, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for such a lovely review. It makes the whole team feel very proud. Thank you for sharing your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest regards from all of us across Portobelo Bay, Diosa Loré Commercial Director More 

Chicago
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

As has been detailed in previous reviews, EOL really stands alone geographically and from what we've read and experienced, as a concept in Panama. Driving along the coastal road to Portobelo Bay, it's hard to believe that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Once you arrive at EOL (finally by boat), it's kind of shocking. The grounds are... More 

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