Historic gem on the Georgia Coast
By Hope S. Philbrick
Wearing one of the paper crowns available at check-in is purely optional, since feeling like royalty comes naturally at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.
From its stunning beach to spectacular amenities, guests have been lured to this St. Simons Island location since it first opened its doors in 1935 as a private dance club. Transitioning into a resort before World War II, it has built a reputation for elegance and warm Southern hospitality while serving as a haven for dignitaries, celebrities and discerning business and recreational travelers.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2010.
The resort today boasts a spectacular oceanfront setting, an outdoor pool recreation area, 18-hole golf course, on-site spa, multiple dining options, premium conference facilities and several different types of comfortable guestrooms, including standard, suites and two- and three-bedroom villas.
The golf course, which occupies dramatic low-country acreage and has been called the ‘best marsh front course,’ recently received a $3.6 million transformation.
A regal vibe reverberates from the tee box to the pool, from the breakfast buffet to each cozy bed.
With Chef Jason Brumfiel now reigning over the kitchen, the quality of the dining experience is top-quality and expected to get even better: A comprehensive renovation project that includes new culinary offerings and updated common areas begins November 20, 2013 and is scheduled for unveiling February 14, 2014. (The $7.7 million renovation will complete the project that began in the Winter of 2012 with the renovation of event space, front desk and outdoor pool complex.) “The new restaurant will be named the ECHO Oceanside Restaurant, Lounge & Patio,” says Chef Brumfiel, who helped Team Georgia beat Team Florida at the Cast Iron Chef competition. “I am STOKED! This winter [while construction is underway] we’ll see the restaurant itself moving to different locations in the hotel from day to day depending on business, but in February we will open the new show kitchen with about 200 seats including outside terraces.”
We’re eager to return to review the changes once construction is complete and ECHO is officially crowned.
- Bathtubs are standard.
- Coffee makers, mini refrigerators and safes are available in each guestroom.
- On-site parking is included with the price of an overnight stay.
- 21 Plus Salute! In addition to a sandy beach, the property boasts an outdoor pool reserved exclusively for adults.
- Odds of Encountering Children: High. Decrease the odds by booking your stay weekdays during the school year.
- Rates from $119/night.
The resort has earned many accolades including Trip Advisor‘s Certificate of Excellence (2011, 2012 & 2013), “Best Resort,” “Best Hotel,” “Best Massage” and “Best Golf Course” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, “America’s 10 Best Islands” by AOL Travel, “Great American Beaches” by USA Today, “99 Coastal Destinations” by National Geographic, “Top 10 Best Buddies’ Trips” by Golf Digest, “Best of the South” by Meetings Focus, “Pinnacle Award” by Successful Meetings, and “Readers’ Choice Award” by Convention South.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
—Property and restaurant rendering photos courtesy The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort; crown, pools and beach photos © HSP Media LLC