Last week we were given the opportunity to visit the King & Prince Resort in St. Simons Island. This was our first trip with Sydney, so I wanted to go somewhere that was relatively close to see how the car ride would go. St. Simons Island is about 4 1/2 hours from Atlanta, so the drive wasn’t bad at all! (Of course when you’re traveling with a 4 year old and an 8 month old baby, it ends up being longer)
We had never been to St. Simons before, so I was excited to see what this tiny little Georgia coast island had to offer. We did do some exploring outside of the resort, but the King & Prince definitely made it easy and convenient to want to just stay on the resort because of all of its offerings. I loved the “small town” feel and sense of pride all the business owners had on the island and really got a sense of how much the island meant to them. The King & Prince Resort was such a wonderful place to take a family and I am so grateful for all the wonderful memories we created while we were here!
We stayed in the Oceanfront Building and our balcony overlooked both the ocean and three of the five pools! The room we stayed in was nice and spacious and included both a King bed and sofa pull-out, which was perfect for the 4 of us! There are several buildings on the property that make up the resort. Besides the Oceanfront Building where we stayed, there’s also the Oleander Building which also features spacious rooms and ocean view like we had. There’s also the Historic Building that has some specialty accommodations like ocean front suites and Cabana Rooms with oceanfront parlors and patios. The resort also has two and three bedroom Beach Villas on the property which offer full kitchens, spacious living areas and patios or balconies right on the ocean. The Resort Residences are located throughout the property and offer quaint one bedroom beach cottages and luxoruious private homes with up to five bedrooms. These would be perfect to rent if you decided to have a wedding here!
The King and Prince also has a gorgeous award-winning golf course which has been proclaimed as the best marsh front course on the east coast (My brother is a big golfer and as soon as I told him where we were staying he said “Oh, I love that course!)
As soon as we got to our room, Bennett couldn’t wait another second to get to the beach. Luckily for us, the beach was just steps from our room, so we changed into our swimsuits and headed out the door. The King and Prince also has a chair and umbrella service right on the beach, so we were able to easily grab a set of chairs and umbrella the entire time we were there. The chair service also had beach bikes and sailboats to rent as well!
Dining at the Resort
The Resort restaurant ECHO offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. It was so nice to have because you could eat your meal either inside or outdoors on their oceanfront patio. The first night we were there, we had a wonderful dinner at ECHO and the southern coastal cuisine was delicious. One of my favorite items that I ordered was an appetizer, their Octopus Two Ways which had citrus & watermelon ceviche and charred octopus with peach gremolata on top. It was so darn good!
The three main pools were right outside our door, so we spent a lot of time there when we were weren’t on the the beach (The Resort also features an outdoor pool and hot tub in both the north and south villas complexes) Our room was located near the main pool and also two children’s pools – one was 1-foot deep and the other was 3-feet deep – and adjacent was a large sandy play area with beach toys for the kids to play with. They also had the Sea Shack Bar and Bites open on the weekend when we were there, so we were able to order a couple of cocktails while we played with kids in the pool.
Where to Eat Off the Resort
We did check out the island a little bit while we were in St. Simons and we came across a few really great restaurants outside of the resort. For breakfast one day, we went Sandy Bottom Bagels at the recommendation of a friend. This place was absolutely delicious. Their bagels are authentic New York bagels (they get their dough straight from New York) and they are freshly baked every day! All of their bagels are free from any preservatives and dough conditioners and they tasted amazing. They also serve Wake Up coffee, which is a local coffee company on the island. I had egg, tomato, avocado and pepper jack cheese on an Everything Bagel and Tom got Their lunch menu also looked really good, so we will definitely be back
For dinner one evening, we had the pleasure of dining at the Georgia Sea Grill on our last night in St. Simons and our experience was BEYOND amazing. The Georgia Sea Grill is located in the Pier Village area and was definitely one of our favorite restaurants we have been to in a long time. The owner Zack went above and beyond to make our experience a great one. He also brings locally sourced produce from Potlikker Farm to his restaurant and we are all about Farm to Table experiences these days. We had the beet salad to start and then I had the Sea Scallops and Tom had the Salmon. Not only was the food quality amazing at Georgia Sea Grill, but the service all around was top notch! I highly recommend you have dinner here if you are ever on the island.
If you are in the mood for Mexican food, Bubba Garcia’s Cantina is about a mile from the King and Prince Resort. It’s a super laid back place with delicious margaritas!
On our last day on the island, we headed back over to the Pier Village area and had breakfast at the Sandcastle Cafe and Grill. The Sandcastle Cafe is definitely a little Mom and Pop Hole in the Wall restaurant that serves up some delicious food. As we sat and ate our breakfast, you could tell that this was a place that all the locals came to on a regular basis. Everyone knew each other and I loved the small town feel it gave me. I had the Eggs Benedict which was good, but I also had their Tim’s MacDaddy Bloody Mary which came topped with a shrimp, a sausage, olive and banana pepper it was so delicious. Tom really enjoyed his breakfast too and got a breakfast burrito that was the size of his head (he was in heaven) he also ordered some pecan pancakes that were amazing and had me wishing I had ordered them too!
Since we had Sydney with us, we really just stayed at the King and Prince Resort most of the time, but man we sure had a wonderful family trip! We stayed for three night and Both Bennett and Sydney slept like champs every night we were there. We really didn’t want to come home and had such a great four days of spending some quality time together. Thank you so much to the King and Prince for making this such a special and memorable trip for us and also Sandy Bottom Bagels, Georgia Sea Grill and the Sandcastle Castle Cafe and Grill for all the delicious food. The Lennon family will definitely be back!