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 friends and family but when I was given a chance to stay at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, I excitedly agreed.
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.
The King and Prince has received many awards and accolades 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.
The King’s Tavern Restaurant (now ECHO Restaurant) offers farm-to-table cuisine with ingredients taken from throughout the region. The shrimp and grits, pictured above, uses andouille sausage and chorizo made especially for the hotel, South Carolina grits, and of course, the Georgia wild shrimp caught daily.
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.
Leigh Cort Publicity and the King and Prince Resort were my hosts for this trip, but all opinions are my own.