Our family of 7 stayed at Centara Karon the end of September 2016 for 11 nights and we could not fault it.
There are heaps of things to do, especially for kids (any age). Our kids are aged 15 years to 16 months and we never heard "I'm bored" once our whole trip. There are 3 pools, play ground, teen games room with play station, table tennis, pool table, gym and heaps more.
The Carp Diem Team always have some activity going and get everyone involved. The whole team are lovely, our kids particularly liked Petra.
Yes it can be noisy, but lets face it if you wanted quiet and peaceful; you don't choose a resort with a slide. The noise did not bother us at all. Our room was ground floor right next to the Lagoon pool (the one with the slide) and our baby still had a 2 hour sleep everyday.
The service and support staff were great too. Our air conditioner stopped working but someone was there within minutes to fix it. The room was cleaned and made up everyday. There was a huge selection of food at the buffet breakfast every morning.The grounds are neat and tidy. Rooms were nice and spacious. What more could you ask for?
The resort is in a great location. Walk outside of the resort and you experience the real Thailand.
Lots of street vendors selling a variety of things, close by bars and restaurants. There are also lots of places for massages just outside the resort too.
Karon is great because it is not as busy as Patong and there is still just as much to do. You can still get just about anywhere in a taxi or Tuktuk.
Tips for restaurants in Karon: Red Onion - (around the corner from Centara) doesn't look like much but the food is cheap and delicious.
Red Lobster- (opposite the beach) a bit more modern than the red onion, but again cheap and delicious.