A Weekend at the King and Prince Resort | St Simons Island, GA

As many of you know, 2019 was an incredibly hard year for our family- read this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about. After our busy fall with school, soccer, cross-country, marching band, and work, or as I like to call it, life with five kids, I wanted to make sure that we could take a break from everything over the holidays and have some time to unwind and relax. Enter the amazing King and Prince Beach Resort in St Simons Island, Georgia. Only five hours away from Charlotte, this seaside retreat on the Georgia coast has everything you need for an amazing weekend.

Thank you so much King and Prince Resort for hosting us- we received a complimentary stay as well as dining, but all opinions are honest and my own.

King and Prince Beach Resort sign

The King and Prince Beach Resort is located on St Simons Island, one of four barrier islands accessible by car off the coast of Georgia. The resort originally opened as the King and Prince Club (a seaside dance club) in 1935. In July 1941, the main hotel building opened though once the US entered World War II, it was used as a naval coast-watching and training facility.

Beautiful lobby at King and Prince Beach Resort

The King and Prince reopened as a hotel in 1947, and though it has gone through several renovations and updates, it retains a historical feel. The Resort is a member of the Historic Hotels of America (1996) as well as named to the National Register of Historic Places (2005).

Three-Bedroom Villa at the King and Prince

living room in a 3 bedroom villa at the King and Prince Beach Resort

We stayed in a 3-bedroom villa and it was absolutely perfect for our family but there are rooms and villas for every family size and budget at the King and Prince. Many of the deluxe rooms and villas feature an ocean or pool view while the more economically-priced accommodations have a view of the resort grounds.

Kitchen in a 3 bedroom villa at The King and Prince Beach Resort

I love having a full kitchen when we travel, especially now that the kids are older and they eat more/want expensive meals! Even if we just make breakfast in the villa, it still provides substantial savings for our family.

Master bedroom in a 3 bedroom villa at The King and Prince Beach Resort

The master bedroom was a really nice size. I love having a chair or two in the room for reading and relaxing without having to actually get in bed.

Master bathroom in a 3 bedroom villa at The King and Prince Beach Resort

And I absolutely loved the split double sink in the master bathroom! It’s so nice to have a sink and mirror that is accessible when someone else is showering. Our 3-bedroom villa had another bedroom with a queen-size bed and one with two twins PLUS two more full bathrooms!

Kids enjoying pizza St Simons Island

The living room was the perfect place to relax with pizza and watch movies after exploring St Simons Island. The living room sofa was also a sofa-bed so our 3 bedroom villa could comfortably sleep 8.

Watching the sunset from the King and Prince Beach Resort

This is the view from the main pool area and I’m sure if it was just a bit warmer, the pool deck would have been full of people enjoying the sunset.

Beach Time at the King and Prince

Five smiling kids at sunset St Simons Island

I love staying at oceanfront properties since they have beach access. The first thing that we did after settling into our villa was head out to the beach! It was like our own little slice of paradise and we had the entire stretch of sand to ourselves.

Silhouettes of five kids jumping at sunset St Simons Island

We love St Simons Island and the King and Prince Beach Resort!

King and Prince Beach Resort at low tide

The tides on St Simons Island are absolutely crazy! We went out at low tide in the morning to look for shells; at high tide, the water goes all the way up to the rocks!

St Simons Island at low tide

The tides on St Simons Island range from 8-10 feet- in fact, the island has the largest tidal range on the (US) East Coast outside of Maine. The kids were completely enthralled with the ripples in the sand left from the waves of a higher tide.

Golden isles at low tide

At low tide, sandbars are exposed and you can walk wayyyyy out on sand that will be completely underwater again in six hours. Because of this, it is imperative that you keep track of the tides and never swim out to sandbars because you can find yourself in very deep water, very quickly.

Kids on a sandbar at St Simons Island

It was such a unique experience to walk out so far and explore the tidepools.

Sand dollar St Simons Island

We had fun scouring the sand for sand dollars. This was the first place we’ve EVER found any and the kids would have spent hours walking along the shore if I’d let them.

Kid holding a sand dollar St Simons Island

Look who found another sand dollar!

Pools at King and Prince Beach Resort

Since it was a chilly January day, the pools were nice and quiet. I’m sure that when the weather is warmer they’re bustling with activity, especially since there’s a spectacular view of the ocean from the pool.

ECHO at the King and Prince

ECHO at King and Prince Beach Resort

The ONLY oceanfront restaurant on the island, ECHO is the on-site restaurant at the King and Prince and it is a beautiful space. With seating indoors as well as outdoors and amazing ocean views from many of the tables, it is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Oceanview at ECHO St Simons Island

It was a little chilly outside so we opted to have lunch inside but we still had a great view of the water!

2 boys enjoying lunch at ECHO St Simons Island

These two are big seafood fans so it came as no surprise when Nick ordered the Crab Cake BLT and Ben ordered the Salmon BLT. Both meals were prepared perfectly and the boys loved their choices. I had the Blackened Grouper Sandwich and it was definitely my favorite of the three though all were tasty. I’m so bummed that we only had time to eat lunch at ECHO because their breakfast and dinner menus looked equally amazing- I guess we’ll just have to go back!

We had a fantastic time at the King and Prince Beach Resort and I can’t wait to visit again when it’s warmer and we can take advantage of the pools and sunny days on the beach. This resort truly has something for every family and it is a wonderful slice of American history on the Georgia coast.

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  1. February 19, 2020 / 10:58 am

    That self-catering villa looks lovely and comfortable. I much prefer having a kitchen too, I quickly get bored with eating out! Lovely photographs and a useful blog post, thank you.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 8:46 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Carol!

  2. February 19, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    This looks like a wonderful spot for a family getaway! The history sounds very interesting and I’d love hunting for sand dollars. A crab cake BLT sounds good right about now too šŸ™‚

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 8:46 am

      Hunting for sand dollars was one of our favorite things while we stayed at the King and Prince!

  3. Jenn
    February 19, 2020 / 7:26 pm

    This looks like a great resort. That villa is huge! I will add this to my list of possible beach vacation spots!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 8:45 am

      Yes! So much space, which really comes in handy when you’re traveling with a bigger family!

  4. February 19, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    This sounds like a perfect family getaway – I’d love to visit with my girls someday! The beach looks so calm and the perfect place to go for an afternoon stroll. And how incredible that you found a sand dollar, I’m so jealous!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 8:45 am

      It’s the first time we’ve EVER found sand dollars- and was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!!

  5. February 20, 2020 / 12:36 am

    This looks like an amazing place to stay with a family who is ready to enjoy the beach. What a beautiful place!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 8:45 am

      Such a beautiful, beachside place to stay!

  6. Yukti Agrawal
    February 20, 2020 / 4:33 am

    The King and Prince Beach Resort in St Simons Island, Georgia really look amazing. It is good that it is only five hours away from Charlotte. This seaside retreat on the Georgia coast really looks fun really fun. Wow it is great that this property offers private kitchen which is very useful with kids.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 8:43 am

      Yes! It’s close enough that we can go for a long weekend!

  7. February 20, 2020 / 9:07 am

    The size of that accommodation is incredible! We have been renting similar places like that a few times when traveling with friends and families. A beachfront option is something I do look for whenever possible, as it makes the experience so much nicer. We are doing many watersport activities like kiteboarding or kayaking so being close to the water is a must-have. And count us for seafood fans as well šŸ™‚

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2020 / 3:04 pm

      It was such a spacious villa and would work perfectly for traveling with friends and family! Plus, you definitely cannot beat the beachfront location. You’re totally right when you plan to spend your day on the water, it’s imperative to be right there!

  8. February 22, 2020 / 1:31 am

    The king and prince resort sounds amazing! Iā€™d love to take a vacation just to stay there. The three bedroom suite looks perfect for a large family or group of friends. What lovely pictures of your family with the beautiful sunset.

    • Jennifer
      February 25, 2020 / 9:29 am

      Thank you so much for reading! We had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend the King & Prince for other large(r) groups since there’s space for everyone!

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