I first heard of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort from fellow Washingtonian and travel blogger 2TravelDads. The resort is on St. Simons Island, Georgia, and after reading their review, I immediately put it on my travel list. Several months later, I saw a press trip hosted by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on the North American Travel Journalists Association. I immediately signed up even though there was about a month until the trip took place and there was a good chance all the spots would be filled. Luckily, they had one spot left!
I did not expect to be so enamored with St. Simons Island. This small Georgia town with a population of 12,743 has lots of charm, personality, and beauty. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly that makes the island so unique. It could be the live oaks with Spanish moss that line the streets. Or the Wild Georgia Shrimp that is the best shrimp I’ve ever tasted. Or, maybe the laid-back island lifestyle and its unusual history. I’m sure it is a combination of all that and more.
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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
The resort’s blend of Mediterranean and Mission Revival architecture with cream-colored buildings and orange tiled roofs surrounded by manicured green lawns with palm trees immediately enchanted me. We drove up to a porte-cochère with a cobblestone driveway and entered into a large spacious room with columns that touched the ceiling. This area includes the reception desk, contemporary plush couches and chairs, a fireplace, computer stations, and the bar and restaurant. From there, my eyes were immediately drawn to the sparkling blue pools, plentiful sunning areas and the Atlantic Ocean.
All of it said you are now on island time.
Oceanfront King Bedded Room
My room was a second-floor Oceanfront room, and the decor was French County with soothing blues and whites paired against dark woods. The room had a king size bed, a dresser, flat screen TV, coffee maker and coffee, a desk, sitting area with a couch and a balcony with a view of the pool area, palm trees and peak-a-boo views of the ocean.
I thoroughly enjoyed my room for the four days I was there and felt completely at ease. I appreciated the addition of the couch and desk, as I often work while I am traveling and find it more comfortable to have an alternative working area. The couch gave me two options. Also, the outdoor patio provided the perfect place to unwind and let the warmth of Georgia Coast wrap around me. As a Western Washingtonian, warm air, especially evening warm air, is not something I usually experience. The only part of the decor I found a little off was the bathtub fixtures, which were not as up-to-date as the rest of the room.
All of the resort staff – reception, housekeeping, restaurant staff – gave you a genuine greeting and smile. As someone who grew up in the north, I found Southern hospitality and friendliness very refreshing.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Rooms for All Type of Families and Groups
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is expansive with a variety of rooms like Oceanfront Suites, Premium Oceanfront Rooms, Oceanfront Rooms, Partial Oceanview Rooms, Resort View Rooms, Standard Rooms, Beach Villas, Resort Residencies, and pet-friendly lodging. If you plan to stay more than a couple of days or are traveling with family, I would suggest one of the beach villas with kitchen facilities, some even have washers and dryers. There are also cottages and houses for large families or groups. There are plenty of ways to experience the resort, and all of the accommodations are within walking distance of the beach.
Want to read what others have to say about the resort? Here is a great selection of travel writer reviews: Holly Dayz, Ann Mathew, Dana Freeman, Courtney Elko, Visit the South, Stan Awtrey, Jamie Lowe.
- Beach, beach and more beach
- Nearby bike rentals to ride bikes on the beach
- Pools, hot tubs, and sunbathing areas
- Sea Shack Bar + Bites (Seasonal)
- Pizzeria 201 (In-room dining from 2pm to 10pm)
- In-Room Dining (all meal times)
- Spa treatments
- Tennis courts
- Exercise room
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort History
As you know, I’m a sucker for history, and, The King and Prince Resort has plenty. It opened in 1935 as a seaside dance club (how cool is that!). In 1941, it opened as a hotel. One year later, a German U-boat sank two oil tankers off the coast of St. Simons Island and the hotel became part of the war effort. It served as a naval coast-watching station, training facility and radar station. It reopened in 1947 as a resort. In 2005, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The King and Prince Resort – ECHO
The resort’s on-site restaurant is ECHO is the island’s only oceanfront restaurant. The name honors the resort’s use as a “naval coast-watching and training facility” during WWII. The restaurant has inside and outside dining with views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. They serve coastal cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere.
As a guest of the resort, I had several opportunities to meet Chef de Cuisine James Flack. As a foodie, I was impressed with his passion for local seafood and plate presentations. We ate at various restaurants over the course of our time on St. Simons Island. Below are the highlights of my dining experiences at the resort.
Coastal Cuisine Dishes
My first dining experience at ECHO did not disappoint. For the three-course Sunday Brunch, I ordered Shrimp Bisque, a Dried & Fresh Fruit Salad and Pan Seared Black Drum with black rice, roasted romanesco and creamed corn. All of the dishes were great, but the black drum fish stood out because the seasoning and crispness of the fillet tasted like fried chicken! I’m serious! I could have eaten that every day.
Wine Dinner Highlights
Throughout the year ECHO has dinner events, and during our stay, we had a 5-course wine dinner. The highlights were the Poached Pear Salad, Japanese Wagyu Filet, and Spice Cake. I’m a red-meat lover, so I was thrilled to have real Japanese Wagyu – melt in your mouth amazing!
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Pros & Cons
- A variety of rooms to suit your travel and group needs, including pet-friendly rooms.
- Clean and inviting rooms.
- Friendly staff and service.
- Onsite restaurant and bar.
- Access to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Pier Village is a 20-minute walk, a 7-minute bike ride, and a 5-minute car ride.
- In winter, the weather is still warm, and room rates are reduced.
- Comfortable pillows and bed.
Cons: (This is going to be hard)
- Not all rooms have a view.
- During the season, the rates are higher.
- You might want to pack up everything you own and move here (not a con, tho, is it?)
Would I stay here again? YES. In fact, the moment I left I was trying to figure when I could come back. As a nature and water lover, I relished the resort’s idyllic setting with the beach and the Atlantic Ocean only steps away. I was here in the fall, so the pools and sunning areas, were not crowded, and the weather was still warm enough for a sundress. Plus, the variety of ways to stay here is very appealing, and with the reduced rates in the winter, which is the time I would want to visit, makes a coast to coast trip more plausible. If you are into slower modes of travel the island is small enough you could get transportation to and from the airport and then rent bikes to explore the island.
When to go: Due to St. Simons Island’s mild winter climate, it is a year-round destination. Of course, it is more crowded and more humid and hot in the summer, and for me, fall and winter would be the time to go.
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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Travel Tips
Hotel Address: 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522
Closest Airport: McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (5-min drive), Brunswick Golden Isles Jetport (28-min drive), Jacksonville International Airport (1.15-hour drive) and Atlanta Airport (4.30-min drive).
Carless Options: Take a shuttle from Jacksonville International Airport to St. Simons Island (Jax Airport Shuttle is $90 one-way), and then rent bikes (with Ocean Motion Surf Co. 3 days will be around $58). Brunswick and McKinnon also have airport shuttles and car rentals.
Dining Tips: There are lots of great options for dining on St. Simons that range from fine dining to cheap eats. I suggest ECHO, Georgia Sea Grill, Halyards, Southern Soul Barbeque, Brogen’s, Boulevard Cafe (get the Boulevard Waffle), and Gnat’s Landing.
Must dos: Walk or ride bikes on the beach at sunrise and sunset. Climb to the top of St. Simons Lighthouse. Visit Fort Frederica. Eat your fill of Wild Georgia Shrimp. Most importantly, relax.
Nearby Attractions and Activities: (You won’t run out of things to do)
- St. Simons Lighthouse
- Trolley Tours
- Fort Frederica
- Battle of the Bloody Marsh
- Pier Village
- Tree Spirits
- Avenue of the Oakes
- Fishing Charters
- Sailing Charters
- Dolphin Tours
- Jekyll Island State Park
- Kayak and SUP rentals
- Bicycle rentals
- Neptune Park Fun Zone
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodations and meals for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.