The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island Ga., is the only hotel that is right on the St. Simons Island beach. With several pools, indoor and outdoor dining at Echo, tennis, golf, and a variety of accommodation types, the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is one of our favorite St. Simons Island Hotels.
The King and Prince Resort
The contest was over in a few seconds. The translucent racers scurried in mass across the sand to the quiet darkness, away from the curious squealing vacationers. Apparently ghost crabs are significantly faster than the hermit crabs they use for such games in the Bahamas.
An after dinner beach walk to find the crustaceans was one of My 10-year-old proclaimed our after dinner beach walk to find the ghost crab crustaceans his favorite activity during our trip to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
Here is what you can expect from a stay at the King and Prince hotel, and greater St. Simons Island.
Why You Want to Stay at the King and Prince Hotel
Location, Location. We visit St. Simons Island quite a bit since my in-laws live there. When we visit them, we always visit the beach too, but it’s not the same as staying ON THE BEACH. The experience is completely different.
The King and Prince is the only full service hotel located on the beach. During our stay, we popped back to the room for lunch on our deck and took an afternoon break from the sun. We didn’t have to worry about lugging all our stuff to the beach either, if the kids decided they wanted the skim board, they could walk back to the room to get it.
And the ghost crab experience above – my 10-year-old son has come to St. Simons since he was born and this was the first time he’s ever been on the beach at night. I didn’t even know they HAD ghost crabs on St. Simons, and I’ve been coming to this beach even longer.
Five Pools and a Beach. I’m a beach person, so is my sister-in-law. I figure I can hang at the pool at home. My niece is a pool person. She’ll do the beach for a little bit, but restlessness sets in and she wants to go to the pool.
At the King and Prince Resort, the pool is literally on the beach, so everyone is happy. My sister-in-law and I can dig our toes in the sand while my niece splashes in the pool, popping her head over the rail every so often to check in.
If your kids are smaller, the pool also has a wading area with splash jets and a covered sand box so wee ones can dig out of the sun. An added bonus, during the summer The King and Prince has kids activities at the pool. We made a beach in a jar, iced homemade cookies and played a little corn hole.
Barry’s Beach Service. Since my father-in-law lives on St. Simons, we normally have plenty of chairs and beach equipment, however, if you are trying to pack light, you can rent chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, paddleboards, and even sailboats from Barry’s Beach Service which sets up shop down on the beach just past the steps from the King and Prince.
Room Options. The King and Prince Resort has various room types including standard rooms, villas (condos) and houses. All rooms have refrigerators and rooms in the Oglethorpe Building also come with microwaves. Microwaves can be provided in other rooms for a small nightly fee. There are even pet-friendly rooms.
Rooms vary quite a bit from building to building, and in the case of rooms in the Historic Building, even from room to room. It’s best to have a discussion with the reservation agent about your needs. Agents are local, so they have first hand knowledge of the hotel and the island.
Five Favorite Restaurants near The King and Prince Resort
We loved pretty much everything about the King and Prince’s on-site restaurant Echo. The outdoor dining, the floor-to-ceiling bay windows overlooking the ocean in the indoor dining room, the naval back story that harkens to life at the hotel during World War II, and happy hour in the comfy couches by the fireplace without the kids.
Then there’s the food, fresh fruit in the morning that includes raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in addition to melons and pineapple; bbq chicken flatbread that we fought over during dinner, and the Echo donut that gives Café du Monde a run for the money.
The name Echo comes from the hotel’s history during World War II. It was a base of operations for the U.S. Navy that was using a brand new technology called radar, hence the name Echo. Even the trim of the restaurant has a naval feel and touches.
Restaurants within walking distance of the King and Prince, St. Simons
Echo isn’t the only great restaurant on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Within a very short walk from the King and Prince is The Crab Trap and Crab Daddy’s, two of our family favorites.
Crab Trap is fried seafood with batter dipped french fries (yum!), but you can also get healthier options like grilled fish and a salad. When the kids are done, just have them throw everything in the hole in the middle of the table.
Crab Daddy’s is a bit more upscale, but you’ll still see kids in this restaurant. Their specialty is grilled fish and a good unlimited salad bowl.
For a quick lunch break, you can also walk to Beachcomber BBQ or for Boulevard Cafe for hot and cold sandwiches, delicious cookies and ice cream.
King and Prince Resort Golf Course and Tennis
The King and Prince golf course is located on the northern end of St. Simons Island, approximately 12.2 miles from The King and Prince Resort. Guest transportation from the Resort to the golf course is available.
I don’t golf, so I asked my husband to give me some insider information on the King and Prince course, here is what he had to say.
The King and Prince course is a very nice course cut through the marsh on the Northside of the island. It is not on site at the hotel. The course is not long but there are plenty of ways to get into trouble; lots of hazards on this course. There are also some incredible marsh views and if you are lucky you might see a bald eagle or two. If you don’t hit the ball overly straight bring some extra balls.
In addition to golf, the King and Prince Resort has two tennis courts that are available complimentary for guests. Best of all, the tennis courts are located on-site at the resort.
The Spa at the King and Prince Resort
Sadly, I can’t comment on the spa at the King and Prince except to say I know they have one. Perhaps something for our next visit.
The One Tour You Absolutely MUST Do
The concierge at the King & Prince can help you schedule any number of activities, tennis, golf, shooting school, fishing, stand up paddle board, guided kayak tours, and the list goes on and on. Since our visit was only a few days, and we had been traveling non-stop for lacrosse tournaments, I really wanted to just relax on the beach.
However, the one tour you absolutely must do while in St. Simons is the Lady Jane Shrimp boat. It’s a dolphin tour; a hands-on science exhibit; it’s a blast. Hop aboard an authentic shrimp boat, trawl through the marsh and then pick through the catch of pufferfish (my favorite), sharks, rays and fish with a certified marine biologist.
More Things to do Near the King and Prince Resort
Bike Paths. St. Simons Island, Ga. has more than 30 miles of bike paths. One of our favorite things to do is rent bikes from Ocean Motion, located one block from the King and Prince Hotel, and explore the island on two wheels.
East Beach is more residential, quieter. In the other direction is the St. Simons Island Pier with restaurants, shops, a mini-golf course, lighthouse and fishing.
St. Simons Island Pier. The pier is where my teens like to meet friends, my 10 year-old likes to play mini-golf, and his dad likes to hang out eating popcorn and drinking beer on the deck at Brogens.
Foot Golf. Enjoy the beauty of St. Simons Island resorts golf courses, without clubs. Foot golf is a fun activity for everyone in the family. It uses a soccer ball instead of a club and golf ball. Learn more about it and where to play foot golf on St. Simons.
Need more things to do? Here are 20+ ideas on what to do on St Simons Island, Ga.
More Georgia Beach Resorts
In addition to the King and Prince Resort on Saint Simons Island, there are several other Georgia resorts on the beach (as well as several remote beach getaways). Here are a few more you may want to check out.
Sea Island Resort. The next Island over is Sea Island. The Cloister at Sea Island is more upscale than the St. Simons hotels or try The Inn at Sea Island, located on Saint Simons island, it give you access to the Sea Island Georgia beach.
Jekyll Island Hotels. On the other side of St. Simons Island is Jekyll Island. There are several family friendly hotel options and lots of things to do on Jekyll Island.
Little St. Simons Island. This remote Island has only one all inclusive hotel. Little St. Simons is a luxury resort but not luxurious if that makes sense. This is also a favorite.
Cumberland Island National Seashore. There are several ways to visit Cumberland Island. Visit this remote island only available by boat for a day trip, to camp overnight or stay at the Greyfield Inn, built by Lucy Carnegie for her daughter.
Sapelo Island. Sapelo Island is also only accessible by boat. Go for a day trip, or rent a home through one of the locals. Groups can camp on the island or rent the Reynolds Mansion from the Georgia State Park Service.
Private Islands of Georgia. Or just rent your own island, because, why not.
Want more on the King and Prince Resort? Read my review of the The King and Prince Hotel, on the family travel site Minitime.
The King and Prince Resort went through an extensive renovation in 2014. As is common in the travel industry, we were invited to experience the hotel and it’s services for the purposes of this post, all opinions are our own.