Our family of 4 stayed at the Katathani for 8 days in March 2006. We liked it very much. There are five huge pools, which were mostly empty, as the other guests were couples or left children at home. While the hotel staff spoke English, the guests did not (at least while we were there). So there weren't alot of other kids for our kids to play with. That was okay though, as they get along quite well. The room was in the new Bhuri wing, and was very new and did have a view which was a nice surprise. The reservation was so easy and well organized and the staff were very professional. There was a kids club there which our children attended for an hour. The staff kind of hovered over them though, which made them a little uncomfortable. Plus it's nice to have activities organized around the pool, which is where the kids want to be. The beach was postcard perfect although we spent most of our down time by the lovely pools, which were salt water or low chlorine and very clean. Staff replaced our beach towels each evening and replaced our robes as well. A leaf did not hit the ground without someone sweeping it up. Our only complaint was the food. The meal plan came with the room and it was quite generous ($25 each for lunch and dinner or buffets) but if you like food with any flavour, forget it. My husband ordered a seven course meal at the "Thai" restaurant and ate two bites. We found that alot in Thailand as a whole. No heat in the food so we must have been in the wrong places. If you go there don't take the meal plan. The hotel was a bit expensive but is one of the few places that is right on the beach. It looks exactly like the photos on their website. My husband won't stay there again because it is too far from the action. I liked it because it was lovely and quiet in the evenings. Kata Beach Resort was recommended to us also by a local for being more reasonable and exciting. The entertainment staff at Katathani would change out of their "Little Mermaid" or ballet costumes (men included) and rush down to the bar for fire dancing or frog races. It was cute, but a bit cheesy. Overall I'm glad we stayed there (we also had fun people- watching at the buffet where cultural differences are very interesting) mostly because of the amazing pools. Kids will love it, love it, love it. If you like to bake in the sun as most of the other guests seemed to, it's the place to be. If you like to explore, maybe not. If you are really lucky, you will get in touch with someone like Richard at Phuket Diving (I found him on this site) and he will guide you, both over the net and in person. He expected very little in return, and our experience would have been completely different (and not as good) without he and his wife, Megumi. So, for families, I think the Katathani is a good bet. I know that if I'd stayed somewhere else and then seen those gorgeous pools and beach, I would be writing in to say I'd wished I'd stayed at the Katathani!