The King and Prince
Relaxation reigns at this seaside resort
Glorious nature, an abundance of fresh seafood and enchanting history combine in perfect harmony to create the perfect getaway on St. Simons Island. Here on Coastal Georgia’s “Golden Isles” (St. Simons, Little St. Simons and Jekyll Island) halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, life is indeed golden for those who visit this 18-mile-long barrier island.
American history buffs will love it here. St. Simons Island (named after patron saint “San Simone” by 16th century Spanish explorers) has a colorful military history. Established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish, the island later became home to 15 plantations and a thriving slave population. Today, St. Simons Island retains much its Old World Southern charm thanks in part to the dramatic centuries-old live oaks seen at every turn.
Considered the island’s best-known icon, the historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is well worth a visit for a long weekend or even a relaxing week. The sprawling Mediterranean-style seaside resort is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Historic Hotel of America. Starting as a seaside dance club in 1935, it opened as the King and Prince Hotel in 1941. Extensive renovation and expansion throughout the years have added a vast array of modern rooms and suites, two and three bedroom condominium villas and even guest houses suitable for families and groups.
While the resort is large (business conferences and weddings are ideally accommodated), the King and Prince is the perfect destination for romance and relaxing. Watch the sun come up with an early morning beach stroll, and settle into a lounge chair on the oceanfront balcony to read a book or take a dip in one the sparkling new pools. Take a guided Lighthouse Trolley Tour to see and learn about the main island sites—the Lighthouse, the Pier and historic Christ Church (1883). Rent a bike from nearby Ocean Motion and explore the shops in the Village where you can grab a bite at the Sandcastle Café and check out the Pier.
Golfers will love the resort’s Joe Lee-designed 18-hole course amid the scenic salt marsh flats, towering oaks, lakes and lagoons. Ask someone to point out the eagle’s nest! For even more adventure, ask the concierge to arrange a half-day fishing trip and a shrimp boat excursion. Finally, seafood lovers will be in heaven at the King and Prince where new chef Jason Brumfiel and his outstanding team of culinary professionals serve the freshest of seafood and other regional-based foods and produce from nearby farms, wineries and distilleries.
Located close to I-95 with several local airports (Brunswick and St. Simons Island), getting to the island is a breeze … an ocean breeze, that is.
Photo courtesy King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort