El Otro Lado, Portobelo Bay

Lie in your hammock with a frivolous book and don’t even bother to read. Listen, with your eyes half closed, to the world receding away. Play the ear-stretching game. How far can you hear? The tinkle of the ice in your glass, of course. Children playing down on the beach. Birds calling to each other in distant treetops. The sounds of wildlife in the nearby National Park, carried over on the breeze.

At El Otro Lado, guests are counted in single figures. So you’ll have space and peace aplenty to let go of the everyday, and begin to luxuriate in this luxury boutique hotel nestling on the edge of a beautiful sandy bay, surrounded by the exuberant flora and fauna of the National Park of Portobelo.

El Otro Lado, at a glance

  • Spectacular tropical rainforest setting within a national park
  • Just over an hour from Panama City
  • Only four beautifully rural houses named after the forest, the sea, the sun and the spirit
  • Luxurious décor including local art, photography and contemporary sculptures
  • King-size beds plus WiFi and modern entertainment systems
  • Elegant restaurant serving a fusion of local Caribbean, European and Oriental food

For leisure and pleasure

  • Beach picnics and diving on coral reefs
  • Scuba wreck diving with professional instructors
  • Navigating the mangroves
  • Superb bird watching
  • Wildlife exploration
  • Sport fishing
  • Guided historical walks to the old town and docks, forts, Aduana and World Heritage sites
  • Congo dancing and Rhythm School
  • Carpentry workshops and art studios
  • Cultural, literary and photographic experiences 
  • It was a complicated and very individual trip, and several changes were made by me during the planning. None of this seemed to worry Ayesha and everything went according to plan.

    AM, India, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7