St. Simon’s Island, Georgia is a beloved beach getaway, especially for those looking to escape the big city. One of the island’s oldest hotels is the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. 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.
Rooms and Accommodations at the King and Prince
On an island full of beachside cottages and nice hotels, the King and Prince is the only one with oceanfront property. Guests have their choice in types of rooms, spread between the Historic Main Building, the Oceanfront Building, the Oleander Building, and the Oglethorpe Building.
The guest rooms include king and queen beds, with views of the resort grounds or the ocean. Some rooms have kitchenettes while others have balconies. There are also suites, including one that spreads across two levels in the historic building, and the cabanas, which have private entrances.
There are also two and three-bedroom villas perfect for families, with ocean or pool views, and resort residences, which are private guest houses with one to seven bedrooms. Some have full kitchens and fireplaces. The entire property also is non-smoking and offers free wireless Internet.
King and Prince Resort Amenities
The King and Prince Resort has easy beach access, just steps from guest rooms. There are three landscaped pool areas, along with two kid-friendly pools. A hot tub was added in 2020. The villa complex also has its own pool and hot tub.
The fitness center has three treadmills, two Ellipticals, a bike, exercise balls, and free weights. There are also two outdoor courts that are free to use for resort guests. The resort also has an award-winning golf facility by architect Joe Lee.
Eating and Drinking at the King and Prince Resort
ECHO is the island’s only oceanfront restaurant and bar, honoring the naval tradition of the resort. The restaurant offers farm-to-table and coastal cuisine and live music. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menu highlights include shrimp and grits, fish tacos, and craft cocktails.
The Sea Shak Bar + Bites is a convenient spot for a poolside lunch, open seasonally. There’s a full menu of cocktails and Georgia craft beer, along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
The Cottage Custard + Coffee is a nice addition for a quick breakfast or snack. The yellow cottage formerly known as the Wesley Cottage has frozen custard, pastries, and coffee drinks made with local Wake Up coffee. It’s open seasonally.
If You Go
Standard suites start at $174 and go up from there for the resort residences. Parking is also complimentary, so you won’t need to pay a valet.
Leigh Cort Publicity and the King and Prince Resort were my hosts for this trip, but all opinions are my own.