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I’ve visited St. Simon’s Island a dozen or so times in my life and it’s truly somewhere that I feel comfortable and at ease. I usually stay with my friend Elizabeth, but when I was given a chance to stay at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, the nicest hotel on the island, the word “yes” couldn’t be typed fast enough.
On an island full of beachside cottages and nice hotels, the King and Prince is the only one with oceanfront property. The King and Prince’s history dates back to 1935 when it opened as a dance club to rival the famous Sea Island club, which was known for its exclusivity. During World War II, the resort hosted naval training operations.
I could talk about all the awards and accolades the King and Prince has received over the last 75 years (including membership in the Historic Hotels of America and being named on the National Register of Historic Places), but what makes people return to the property year after year is the service and high standards.
You have a choice of what type of room to stay in, ranging from stunning oceanfront suites, which I stayed in, to villas to cottages if you’re bringing the extended family. And every room has a view, so you don’t have to worry about getting “the best” room. Standard suites start at $174 and go up from there for the resort residences.
I love the King and Prince Resort’s amenities, namely the free wireless Internet, which is hard to come by in even the plushest of hotels. Parking is also complimentary, so you won’t need to pay a valet. All of the rooms are non-smoking. There are three pools on site, including one inside, pictured above.
I’ve never thought much of hotel food, but the King and Prince has changed my mind. Even with hundreds of fantastic dining options on the island, the food here made me never need to leave. We were fortunate enough to experience the work of Chef Jason Brumfiel, formerly of Sea Island.
The King’s Tavern Restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine with ingredients taken from throughout the region. The shrimp and grits in particular, pictured above, uses andouille sausage and chorizo made specially for the hotel, South Carolina grits and of course, the Georgia wild shrimp caught daily. The Ocean Terrace Grille is outside dining ideal for sunset. There’s also the Atrium Cafe, the breakfast buffet and room service.
While I know next to nothing about golf, I was amazed at how beautiful the course was. The resort turned the marshland that you see into an award-winning facility by architect Joe Lee. And for those uninterested in sports, there’s massages at the Royal Treatment Cottage, tennis courts and a fitness center.
The King and Prince Hotel is located at 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522. To book a reservation, see their website or call (912) 638-3631.
Leigh Cort Publicity and the King and Prince Resort were my hosts for this trip, but all opinions are my own.