El Otro Lado

El Otro Lado

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Perched on picturesque Portobelo Bay, El Otro Lado hotel is a clutch of brightly clad houses that feels as indigenous to the surrounding Panamanian rainforest as a flock of tropical birds. With original artwork adorning every room, local artists carving sculptures on site, creative Caribbean cuisine and an ambitious list of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, this luxury jungle retreat is definitely a rare breed.

 

Highlights:

  • Abundance of art

  • Beautiful bay views

  • Jungle adventures

Smith extra

Two passion fruit mojitos

In the know

Also need to know:

The soothing spa only has one treatment room, but you can request to have a restorative massage or aromatherapy facial in your room. Watch local artists in the on-site carpentry shop as they chip away to create delicately carved monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and hand-crafted furniture – all which make for the ultimate souvenir.

Packing tips:

Leave the bug spray behind. Each room is conveniently stocked with Sawyer insect repellent, and the resort sprays for mosquitos every evening.

Dress code:

Sartorial choices are all about staying cool in this humid clime – so anything lightweight and breezy goes. Of course, tropical prints are always in fashion.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Panama and unpacked their hand carved figures and Embera woven baskets, a full account of their luxury tropical break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from El Otro Lado in Panama…

We all need that friend – you know, the one with the private waterfront estate nestled on hundreds of wild, jungle-clad acres, where every room is effortles

Accommodation details

Address:

Bahia De Portobelo, Portobelo
Portobelo
Panama

General facilities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Resembling an elegant glass birdcage, the Gazebo restaurant set poolside is the social heart of the hotel. With floor-to-ceiling windows that gaze out towards the bay and pool, the interiors – bright splashes of green, orange and pink – are as vibrant as the tropical outdoors. The Caribbean-fusion menu changes based on seasonal and locally sourced produce, meat and fresh catch. Expect just-reeled-in fish with coconut rice and light salads and savory pork dishes. Be sure to save room for dessert – the passion fruit mousse alone is worth the journey. Don’t care for tomatoes? Prefer sauce on the side? The chef makes it a point to get to know guests preferences and tailors dishes accordingly throughout your stay.  

Top table:

Guests are assigned a table in the Gazebo during their stay, so you won't be table-hopping. Be sure to arrange for a romantic dinner one night overlooking the hotel’s peaceful man-made dam.

Room service:

A room service menu that reflects the chef's menu of the day is available from 8am to 10pm.

Hotel bar:

Snag one of the handful of seats lining the Gazebo bar and order up a specialty rum concoction. Or, travel with your passion fruit mojito and sink back into one of the hot pink or green couches convivially arranged in the centre of the room.  

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