Panama Accommodation,
Colón Province

El Otro Lado


El Otro Lado is a romantic small boutique retreat set in lush tropical forest on the seafront across the bay from the historic town of Portobelo on Panama’s Caribbean coast. The décor is a riot of light and colour throughout, with each room having its own unique theme and objets d’art. Although the property has no beach, boats are available to take guests to three nearby uncrowded sandy beaches where they may be left with a cooler and snorkelling gear to explore the marine environment. El Otro Lado is set within the Portobelo National Park and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portobelo, an important colonial Spanish port through which most of the gold and other South American plunder passed on its way to Spain.

Accommodation is in just four individual Caribbean-style villas plus three first-floor suites, perfect for families. Each villa has a bedroom with double bed (the Spirit House has two bedrooms, kitchenette and living room), living area with delightful décor and furnishings, private bathroom, air-conditioning and deck. The main building has a good restaurant, bar and lounge with an infinity pool with sun lounging area. Room service is available. Behind the lodge is a large tract of rainforest with abundant birdlife and walking trails. The first floor suites all share a large ground floor area with air-conditioned living room, bar and outdoor dining area. The suites have two tiers: the large floor with either a double or two double beds, and a gallery with two single beds: perfect for children.
The attention to detail is one of the many delights in staying at El Otro Lado, where you will have plenty to do and be taken care of very well.


Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, games room, air-conditioning, lush gardens, room service and laundry service.

Optional Activities

Snorkelling, scuba diving, sunset cruises, visit Portobelo and fort, rainforest and birdwatching tours, kayaking, river trip by barge, Congo dance and drumming performances.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Panama tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Panama was a fascinating and extraordinary country. The pleasing thing was to see its immense areas of rainforest, i.e the Darien. An amazing place. We encountered many different Panamanians and what came across to us was their pride in their country. This holiday was amazing, all the things we like doing and seeing and more. Thank you so much for all your hard work in making this a holiday to remember and savour long after our return, and at such short notice!

Mrs K T - Hertfordshire