Disclosure: We were provided with a complimentary stay to conduct a review and provide our readers with tips and inspiration for planning their trip to King & Prince. All opinions expressed are my own!
I absolutely loved this resort, only an hour and half away from Jacksonville– it made for the perfect trip over the long weekend! (We visited on President’s Day weekend.)
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind for our family. The cross country move, the boys starting a new school, trying to make friends. I was eager for a weekend away to authentically relax, enjoy a sign of relief after months of limbo, unpacking, and the like.
St. Simons Island is located on the Golden Isle, and Southern Charm are the first words that come to mind as I reflect on our time there. We had the opportunity to stay at the King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort while we were there. There is not a single thing about this dreamy beach front resort I would change.
They offer an array of oceanfront rooms, pet friendly accommodations, and even villas. The pricing for visiting is incredible, with some rooms around on select dates lingering in the 150.00 price range. Check out their rates calendar here.
You could book your trip to St. Simons Island, and quite frankly not leave resort and be completely content.
With dining options available through their Southern coastal cuisine restaurant, Echo:
Otherwise, consider exploring one or all of their THREE pool options (two are intended for children and waders at 1 & 3 feet deep!), you can of course walk along the beach, or rent a bicycle to ride from Ocean Motions. In my opinion, a bike rental through SSI is a non-negotiable. It is the cutest town, but with that said, truly there’s so much to do right there included in your room rate that leaving the resort isn’t really necessary!
Without a doubt, the coolest part of visiting King & Prince is that it’s packed with such unique history. The King & Prince was closed in 1942 to the general public, but left open for the U.S Navy. Around this time, the U.S. Navy had purchased the local airport, so the hotel was used for classrooms, officer’s quarters, and even towers. The Echo restaurant actually got it’s name as a tribute to this history, because of the radar technology being used at Naval Air Station St. Simons. This is all paraphrased from some of the amazing press releases I was given, but my husband and I loved checking the decor and reading these stories. He was in the Navy for nearly a decade, so that was a cool touch for him to learn more about those who served before him. One of my favorite details, and I’m kicking myself for not snapping a photo: as you enter the restaurant, there’s a wall to the left of the hostess stand that displays some black and white images. I thought that was such a beautiful and personal touch.
Our room had two full size beds overlooking the ocean, with a sleeper sofa. It was spacious, and decorated so beautifully. It almost felt like a small apartment inside, and you don’t feel right on top of your neighbors. (which as someone who mostly travels with young kids, this is something I can appreciate! Walking around the resort, you would find many invitations to sit and relax for a while.
One somewhat random thing that really stuck out to me about King & Prince is their staff. Before we even checked in, they had reached out to us several times via email to share about construction, tips for having a successful stay, confirming reservations and check in times. I thought that was so in line with the Southern charm you experience throughout the place!
I am actually not going to into too much detail about the restaurant here as I want this post to be my big overview, but I will tell you from the bottom of my heart and soul…
I have never eaten such delicious food in my life. Now, I get it, I’m not a food critic, but I can appreciate a well crafted meal and the chef’s attention to detail and experimenting with a variety of flavor options was so obvious. There was a sauce he invented called the “comeback sauce.” that really has an appropriate name, as I’m sure several people come back to eat there for that sauce!
Both of my boys raved about the mac n’ cheese, and actually ordered it both nights we were there! I’ll share more about the restaurant in an upcoming post, but scroll down for more about the resort and this gorgeous city!
St. Simons Island:
This city (and resort) is a very versatile in that you could easily do your honeymoon or your annual family vacation here. It offers a lot in a small place for visitors of all ages.
Hands down the first thing I would suggest is taking a troll (pun intended) the Lady Jane Shrimp Boat. It was very reasonably priced (39.99 and 34.99 for kids under 5.) We were out for about two hours, which was perfect for a 6 & 4 year old! Captain Cameron was a great captain, emailing us beforehand to let us know of a short delay before we headed out. Once on board, a naturalist walks you through the various fish that get brought up from the shrimpin’ nets, emphasizing a lot of education over commercial shrimpin’ — it’s fair to say we all learned a lot, and had an amazing time.
We had a wonderful time, stay tuned for more information about St. Simon’s Island!