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El Otro Lado

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Accessible only by boat, this place was simply beautiful. Great rooms in a beautiful tropical setting, very room and comfortable. The infinity pool overlooking the bay was truly relaxing. And, the grounds are amazing - very lush, with onsite waterfalls and an old Spanish fort. This truly is an amazingly beautiful and relaxing place. I give it a rating of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

For the moment we arrived to this exquisite paradise, we were impressed; first, with the detail the staff welcomed us and then with everything else we got to enjoy through out our short stay. From the wonderful little cabana that was decorated with unique items and artistry to the the amazing culinary creations the chef cooked for us. Not to... More 

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Thank Violet I
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

This trip was unchartered territory for our family of four. We are cautious about new adventures. We've been to many Caribbean destinations but never Central/South America. El Otro Lado allayed all fears, especially skeptical thoughts about past reviews. Could this place really live up to such great reviews? We arrived after a long day of travel by plane and car... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

We spent three perfect days and nights in El Otro Lado in late March. The resort is simply exquisite. No detail is missed. The staff is incredible. The food terrific. The rooms and facilities first rate. Highly recommend the cruise through the mangroves and the beach adventures. Great hikes and wildlife galore. Can't wait to return!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

A stunning luxury private retreat accessed by boat. It was so beautiful, quiet and peaceful, overlooking the water with the forest as a backdrop. Heaven. We explored the town of Portobello with its old cathedral and the ruins of a Spanish fort.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

El Otro Lado was a beautiful surprise. The hotel is hidden in silent place in Portobelo, near the sea and "inside" a forest. Everything is so colorful and very well decorated with local art. The pool is amazing, where I spent most of my time there. The food was also great. Very private, only a few houses (8 rooms).

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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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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 38 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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  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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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 

Additional Information about El Otro Lado

Address: Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Portobelo
Price Range: $421 - $528 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Otro Lado 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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Also Known As:
El Otro Lado Hotel Portobelo
El Otro Lado Panama/Portobelo
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