Most of the reviews I've read about the Kata Beach Resort are very good, but I've recently read one that warned that all of the rooms are smoking, and that they couldn't get a room that didn't reek of cigarette smoke. I find that hard to believe in a 4-star resort, but if anyone had any insight on this comment, I'd really appreciate it.
Also, is Kata beach really packed with people most days? Some of the photos I've seen look like shoulder-to shoulder umbrellas. I have some concern of this not being the tranquil get-away we're hoping for. Again, any information about the "real" Kata Beach, not just the tourism photos, would be very helpful.