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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
We love St Simons Island and the King and Prince Beach Resort!
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!
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.
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.
It was such a unique experience to walk out so far and explore the tidepools.
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.
Look who found another sand dollar!
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
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.
It was a little chilly outside so we opted to have lunch inside but we still had a great view of the water!
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.