Our stay at the King and Prince in St. Simons, Georgia
Recently we had the pleasure of visiting St. Simons, Georgia for a week and it was everything I expected plus so much more. If you are going to visit, it takes a little driving to get to but the reward pays off. You can fly into Savannah, GA which will be a 1.5 hour drive from there or you can go to Charleston, SC which will take you about 3 hours. The wonderful thing about this is the exclusivity. The island is small but brilliant.
We stayed at the King and Prince, which is the only resort in St. Simons that is beachfront. It was absolutely beautiful, the beaches are on the most Eastern tip of the US so it has a sharp bite causing amazing tide pools, shells, and just about the best darn sunrise I have ever seen. Every morning we woke up to this from our room.
The resort was composed of a main hotel and villas, maximizing its oceanfront views for all its guests. We were in a 2 bedroom villa which was more than enough room for us with a living room, kitchen, dinning room, 2 bathrooms and 2 balconies. It also made me giddy to have a washer and dryer in our room because we had not seen one at all on our trip yet. The villa also had more televisions than we have in our whole house so that was a real treat too.
Some of our favorite moments of the week were enjoying the heated pools. We went in the beginning of January and the weather averaged a high of 68 each day, which was good enough for us. There is also a pool sized hot tub, it's situated right across from the baby pool which made for a wonderful spot to watch the kids with a drink. Their cocktail menu does not disappoint!
As for visiting in a pandemic, the hotel was very diligent in their cleanliness and everyone was wearing masks in common areas. They did a great job of minimizing risk and maximizing what you really come their for, a relaxing beach view and great food and drink.
The food at the King and Prince was exceptional. We went to their signature restaurant Echo and ate outside a few nights. The happy hour called for some $10 wings and we ordered them in the Asian chili sauce and they were hands down the best we have ever had, not fried! There is also a $5 Shipwrecked sundae which of course was AWESOME and a crowd pleaser with our kids, so we were all happy.
Renting bikes is a must as the island is too beautiful to see any way else. The bike shop is right next to the hotel so it makes everything easy. The sand is also firm enough to ride the bikes on which is an experience in itself.
Another fun thing to do is rent a golf cart for a day or two. We took ours to town and went to the candy store, collected seashells, and visited the lighthouse. There is also a lot of history on St. Simons island, there is a WW2 museum as well as the famous Christ Church which has pews designated to a few presidents.
So if you are looking for a secret Southern gem to plan a getaway, St. Simons is a great choice. The King and Prince is the only answer for accommodations where everything feels like a beautiful dream, not to mention the best views on the island. It's perfect place to make some beautiful memories.