The dog days of summer are fast approaching. You know you need to plan your vacation but you’re not quite sure where to go. What’s a befuddled vacationer to do? Here’s a hint: sun, sand, beach, fun and relaxation. St. Simons Island, one of four barrier islands that make up Georgia’s Golden Isle, has all of this and more. It also has the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, and here are 6 reasons you should make it your next vacation destination.
- There’s So Much History
History lives at the King and Prince. The King and Prince is on the National Register of Historic Places, and for very good reason. The resort had its humble beginnings in 1935 as a seaside dance club called the King and Prince Club. In 1941, the King and Prince Hotel (today, that building is now the Historic Building of the King and Prince) opened its doors to the public.
The U.S. Navy took over the hotel and used it as its coast-watching and training facility during World War II. In 1947, the hotel reopened and, after several renovations throughout the years, it remains today as a beacon of fortitude and a testament to true quality.
- Choices, Choices, Choices
The King and Prince is the textbook definition of creature comforts. There are a range of accommodations to suit any budget, from economical standard rooms to oceanfront cabanas.
Book your stay in the Governor’s Suite in the Historic Main Building and be treated to two floors of comfort, including a curved stairway leading to the spacious bedroom with a panoramic view of the ocean. Feeling like royalty yet?
When you need more space to spread out, the Beach Villas are an excellent choice. Each individually owned private rental is equipped with a full sized kitchen with all the fixins’ (microwave oven, cookware, coffee maker, stove, dishes, full size refrigerator, etc.), washer and dryer, living/dining room, two or three full baths and, of course, comfort.
When you want to go all out, rent a private beach house, with one to five bedrooms, and make it your splendid home away from home. These elegantly appointed guest homes give you the privacy you desire in a warm and inviting setting.
The King and Prince is also a dog-friendly resort, so you furry family member (no, not your Aunt Helen) can come along and join in the vacation fun. Don’t forget to inquire about special accommodations for your pooch when making your reservations.
- Tee Time
If your idea of a great time includes wielding a putter, 9-iron, lob wedge or a wood, your day just got infinitely better. The King and Prince Golf Course, located a little over 12 miles from the Resort, is beauty and function personified. The 18-hole, Par-72 championship course features a host of stunning features—impressive island holes, salt marshes, MiniVerde, ultra dwarf Bermuda grass on all 18 greens, a driving range and putting green—all set against the backdrop of towering live oak trees, making this a stellar course for the beginning golfer as well as the seasoned pro.
With a multimillion dollar restoration and redesign completed in 2009, the nearly 26 year old course is a “must-play” for those on the Florida to Myrtle Beach circuit. And with the addition of GolfBoard to the course, now’s your chance to “surf the earth.”
The King and Prince offers Georgia Golf Packages to make it a complete golf vacation.
- Location, Location, Location
In 2014, St. Simons Island made the cut as one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living Magazine, ranking No. 6. It’s a no-brainer, right? You get loads of sun, tons of fun, all the beach time you can handle and everywhere you go, you’ll find ‘happy’!
If that weren’t enough, Travel + Leisure voted St. Simons Island No. 1 as “America’s Favorite Beach Town.” But wait . . . there’s more. The King and Prince is located beachfront on the south end of the Island. You like that, right? From the beach’s vantage point, you can look across the Atlantic and spy St. Simons Island’s sister island, Jekyll Island. Oh the humanity. So what’s taking you so long to make your reservations?
- Your Stomach Will Thank You
Food. It’s okay to admit you love it. You’ll love it even more when you dine at the Island’s only oceanfront restaurant, ECHO. Executive Chef John Palacio will delight you with his fresh and vibrant menu of classic coastal cuisine fit for a king and prince…and a queen and princess, too. Treat your senses to a wellness breakfast of crab, asparagus, poached egg and a low-fat grit cake or a fried green tomato Echo Po’ Boy. For lunch, delight your taste buds with a Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Flatbread or the ECHO Burger with foie gras, tobacco onion, Boursin cheese and black truffle aioli. The nighttime is the right time for Salmon Sous Vide, the Chef’s Tasting Menu featuring a chef’s special four-course meal or select the Echo’s signature dish, Shrimp and Grits with sweet and delicious fried Georgia wild shrimp, collard greens and andouille etouffee.
Don’t forget to enjoy a refreshing beverage from the ECHO Bar, where you’ll find an impressive selection of wines, beers and cocktails to wet your whistle.
At ECHO, you can dine indoors, al fresco or in your room (in-room dining from 7a-10p). ECHO is also available for wedding rehearsal dinners, private lunches and corporate events.
Why the name ECHO? From their website:
The name ‘ECHO’ comes from the island’s naval history. During War World II, the center of operations house at The King and Prince were officers’ quarters, classrooms and towers used to amplify signals. As radar sent its electromagnetic waves in and out and then repeated, this ebb and flow became the heartbeat of the War’s impact on St. Simons Island.
Ready to be pampered in an intimate seaside retreat? The Royal Treatment Cottage is a swoon-worthy oasis where you can be relieved from the stress of the day (you know, lounging poolside all day can be sooooo stressful…) with soothing massage treatments and therapies. This is tranquility at its best. Come for a reflexology, Swedish, aromatherapy, therapeutic or Custom Cottage massage by a licensed massage therapist and leave your worries at the door. There’s also a side-by-side couples massage. For your pleasure, you can also indulge in The Royal Treatment Package.
- One More Thing . . .
I promised you six great reasons. Obviously, math isn’t one of my strong suits, so I’ll give you one more reason to make the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort your next vacation destination: the people. There are no second class citizens at the King and Prince. Everyone on staff goes the distance, and then some to ensure that your stay is a memorable one. From the time you check in to the time you depart, your satisfaction and comfort is on everyone’s mind. Lasting impressions make a difference.
Now that you have all of these wonderful reasons, don’t wait to book your St. Simons Island vacation at the beautiful King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.
For more ideas on what to do when visiting St. Simons Island, check out Explore St. Simons Island.
King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
(912) 638-3631 / 800-342-0212 / fax (912) 634-1720
Disclosure: I was in attendance on a media trip hosted by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The views and opinions expressed in this article are my own.