Just returned from 6 night stay at Kata Beach resort. Arrived just after midnight but reception still open and had two people to deal with our booking. We travelled with another adult couple. No bar open at that time, but mini bar in room was reasonably priced. Buffet breakfast was good with plenty of variety. Chefs cooking fresh eggs and omlettes each day. On the second to last day, the main restaurant was full, so we were directed to the Wave Bar grill. Found this restaurant much less hectic, although it doesnt open until 8.30am where as Emerald restaurant opens earlier. There were lots of families, so we used the adult only pool. This was very quiet with plenty of sun beds available. Location as described, about 15 mins walk from beach. You turn right out of hotel, and then either left past all the shops , or turn right again, and left alond the river. This was the shortest. Sun beds on beach were 200BTs for two beds and umbrella. Sea was very warm and inviting. We ate out each night. Had two meals at 8Fold (opposite hotel) - very good food and service, also Dannys bar which was off the main road to the beach. All the restaurants were reasonably priced especially the Thai menus. We did the elephant ride at Saim safari. Booked through tour rep, but you can organise it direct with the company locally. They will pick you up and return you to the hotel. Also visit Pipi island. Our boat had 27 people on board, did snorkeling and visited other islands during the day. If you dont like swimming, you dont have more than 45 minutes on a beach. Found hotel staff very good, plenty of laughs with the bar staff especially Pat. Plenty of shops to visit at night, remember to barter for everything. Found a Tha elvis in town - decent bar, with two entertainers each night. Hotel provides brollies, which you need as when it rains, it definitely rains. Most of the shops and bars close down between 11-12 midnight. Didnt go into Karon apart from one lunch time, but this is about 20 minutes walk. Think hotel best suited to families rather than couples.