Watching the waves crash on the beach during dinner at Echo, the hotel restaurant. Ghost crab hunting by flashlight on the beach, followed by an after hours game of jump, dive, jive at the pool. An early morning walk on the beach with an old friend. Simply having a place to get out of the sun for a few hours in the afternoon. These were some of our favorite things about a stay at the King and Prince Hotel, St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
How to Get to the King and Prince Hotel
St. Simon’s Island is part of Georgia’s Golden Isles. The Island is approximately five hours from Atlanta, and just over an hour from Savannah or Jacksonville, Florida, along I-95, making it easy for anyone to fly or drive in. There is also a private airstrip on St. Simon’s Island for small planes. The King and Prince is the only full service hotel located on the beach at St. Simon’s Island, which is one of the many reasons I love staying here.
The main pool at the King and Prince is right next to the ocean. Since my kids are older, I was able to lounge on the beach during our stay while the boys went back and forth between the sand and the pool. If your kids are smaller, the main pool also has a wading area with splash jets and a covered sand box so wee ones can dig out of the sun. There’s also poolside activities during the summer months for the kids and a poolside bar serving up tasty frozen cocktails for adults.
Where to Stay at the King and Prince Hotel
The King and Prince is a historic hotel with several different room types including standard rooms, villas (condos) and houses, making it great for everything from a family retreat to a multi-generational reunion. They even allow dogs, so you can bring furry family members too. Rooms vary quite a bit from building to building, and in the case of rooms in the historic building, even from room to room. It’s best to have a discussion with the reservation agent about your needs. Agents are local, so they have first hand knowledge of the hotel and the island.
Beyond the Beach
The concierge at the King and Prince can help you schedule any number of activities, tennis, golf, shooting school, fishing, stand up paddle board, guided kayak tours, a ghost tour, and the list goes on and on.
The boys have loved shooting school and we’ve done a family kayak tour through the marshes that was pretty cool. St. Simon’s is also a great place to bike, and you can rent a variety of bikes one block from the hotel at Ocean Motion. I always like to shop here too.
Our favorite side trip though is taking a tour on the Lady Jane shrimp boat. Dolphins follow the boat as you trawling through the marsh, bringing up catches. A marine biologist identifies what you’ve found and lets folks touch and feel the fish. My favorite was the pufferfish. My 14-year-old liked the birds that followed the boat, he’s always been a bird man.