Best of the Best 2018 - 600
EL OTRO LADO, PRIVATE RETREAT
POR TOB ELO, PA N A MA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Enclave of Portobelo Bay
Watch local artists carve sculptures and furniture in an on-site workshop at El Otro Lado. This
playful, private jungle retreat simply inspires creative adventure, from its inventive Caribbean-fusion fare to the range of activities around the protected bay. You can dive underwater
wrecks, cruise the river in a dugout canoe, join a painting workshop, explore UNESCO-designated fortifications, or attend a traditional Congo dance. The four houses and three Casa
Grande rooms are equally imaginative, adorned with fun folk art and molas. Enjoy a massage
en suite or in the spa's treatment room.
One-way private airport transfer.
Besides the hotel's gallery, the nearby Casa
de La Cultura Congo supports a host of local
artists and craftspeople. Pack an extra bag
for all your finds.
Distance from Tocumen Airport (PTY): 38 miles/61 km
Size: 7 rooms Room Style: Eclectic Vibe: Zen
ESTANCIA LA BAMBA DE ARECO
SA N A N TON IA DE A R ECO, A R GEN TIN A
N E I G H B O R H O O D Heart of Argentinian Pampas
Experience the pampas without the pomp at Estancia la Bamba de Areco, Relais & Chateaux.
A long avenue lined with plane trees leads to the colonial-style building, which features just 11
rooms adorned with dark woods and local artwork and textiles. Go bicycling, get a hot stone
massage or join a maté tea tasting; you can watch the gauchos display their equestrian skills
or join a trail ride. After a dinner of steak and other traditional fare, relax with a glass of wine
while the cowboys entertain with folkloric songs and dancing. The Estancia hosts an international polo team, which regularly plays on the property's two fields.
Horse Whisperer show; and lunch for two
(excluding gratuity) on day of departure.
Visit in early November, when the San
Antonio de Areco area celebrates gaucho
culture with parades, rodeos, craft markets,
folkloric dance performances and concerts.
Distance from Buenos Aires Airport (AEP): 64 miles/102 km
Size: 11 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual
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