Seems like there was some type of personality issue going on here. I continue to read wonderful things about Kaya's Place. I have traveled throughout Costa Rica for over 15 years, and guess what? Things just happen "pura vida", a problem with rental bikes, doesn't sound too awful considering I have stayed at 4 star hotels that have lost power/water for hours on end. And the wake up call, although unfortunate, when I have to be up early for an event while on vacation,I always have a back up alarm (watch,cell phone alarm). Because ultimately it is my responsibility to make my tour, flight ect. How late was your friend in actually waking up? Costa Ricans are not known for punctuality (unless it is the bus route)
The "ladies" you mentioned were in a public place as MrsYe says. In swimwear at the public area or beach. They think they have a right to not have their photos taken and posted. Look at what happens in Hollywood everyday.
If I had taken the photos I would have posted them and kept them posted.
I find it funny that everyone is talking about a relatively meaningless event that happened over half a year ago. I've never stayed at Kaya's, myself, but I know an independent person who was and that witnessed the whole incident in question.
I thought that MrsYe was a woman so I find it unusual that she'd say "The female guests mentioned above were typical of the gringa types which drive men nutz, according to the source. Any wonder why they were alone and will continue to be such?" as an excuse for boorish behavior. Or Yamamoto would excuse a guy posting photos of someone on the internet for prurient purposes regardless of whether it was a public place or whether that is what is done in Hollywood. That doesn't make it right.
In any event as Silverfawn said these ladies didn't make a huge drama about it. They requested the photos be taken down and they were. Ultimately none of that is relevant to the real question here concerning Kaya's OWN professionalism. All it does is call into question the possible bias in the accounts of BOTH these gringas and the guy who overslept, and, for that matter, silverfawn since she is friends with those women and with JT and Sarah.
The person I know was checking out at the time of the "wake-up incident", though he says he would readily have waited for JT to take care of the guy who was trying to catch up with his raft trip first, and was as surprised as that guy was when he heard JT make his wristwatch comment.
Personally, I feel gemini is right that minor mishaps like this can happen at many places and it is usual best to go with the flow. However what made this incident significant was not so much that they screwed up the wake-up call or rented a mechanically unsound bike but their so-what attitude about it. Its seems very out of keeping with JT's and Sarah's usual reputation as gracious and hardworking hosts. And that is the whole rub here - what kind of service and attitude can one really expect if they stay there.
From what I've heard Kaya's Place has a rustic charm but it is not for everyone. The hosts are USUALLY very gracious and work hard to please. But it is not a fancy place and it has some disadvantages in terms of its particular location. For those seeking or expecting greater creature comforts (a/c, etc.) or who want to be closer to a nicer beach, they should probably go elsewhere. For those seeking inexpensive but simple cabinas with a little personality, Kaya's might be the Place.
I continue to be amazed that the incident referred to in many of the preceding posts continues to have legs more than six months after the fact. At this point, I won't even bother refuting the erroneous statements about "bragging about his conquests" or other such garbage, all of which is based strictly on heresay.
What I will say is that I would never have even know about Kaya's Place had they not been a proud sponsor on the website "costaricaticas.com", a site that actively promotes the "hobby" of consorting with Costa Rican prostitutes.
Readers can verify this by going to the following link:
Please take this fact into consideration when deciding whether or not to stay at this hotel.