A long rich history dating back to the early 1600s, a wealth of unique sites and attractions, and the beauty of the natural landscape are just the beginning of what you will find in The Golden Isles of Georgia.
Located about 65 miles north of Jacksonville, FL, 75 miles south of Savannah, and 280 miles southeast of Atlanta, along Georgia’s southeast Atlantic coast, the Golden Isles encompass the mainland port city of Brunswick and the barrier islands of Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island and St. Simons Island.
One of the biggest draws to St. Simons, the largest of these barrier islands, is also a true Georgia jewel - The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.
Originally opened in 1935, resort has a long and storied history. It first operated as a popular seaside dance club set inside visually stunning Mediterranean architectural style buildings.
Because of its prime, protected location along the Georgia coast, it also served as a naval coast-watching and training facility during and for several years after World War II. In fact, the present day restaurant here was the former officers’ quarters, classrooms and local community gathering spot when not on duty.
The King and Prince, the only beachfront resort on the island, has undergone several extensive renovations over the years and is now family-owned and operated, today encompassing an array of building and accommodation options with ocean and/or garden views in everything from beautiful standard rooms to quaint villas, enchanting cabanas, spacious oceanfront suites and large, well-appointed rental homes. Together these close to 200 accommodations, at several price points, offer a great deal to the multi-generational visitors that come here.
Around the property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, guests can enjoy the oceanfront pool complex peppered with bridges, pergolas, patio and sand lounge chairs and tables and a fire pit, tennis courts, a fitness center, outdoor grill areas, al fresco lounges, and its award-winning, 18-hole, Par 72 golf course located just a few miles away. Private spaces, including The Solarium, are also available for meetings and special events.
Once through the elegant Porte Cochere entryway into the main building, known as The Castle, you will find a soaring and light-filled lobby atrium, and an inviting living room and fireplace. Thursdays through Sundays, local jazz combos entertain the guests here.
Just beyond the living room is ECHO Restaurant and Bar, named after the new, back in the day, radar signal technology used by the Navy here. ECHO’s comfortable, relaxing nautical décor is an apt backdrop to the classic coastal cuisine and creative, handcrafted cocktails served here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for guests, as well as visitors from the surrounding community and islands.
What sets it apart is the staff’s primary focus on using the freshest, seasonal produce, meats, fish and seafood from local coastal farmers and purveyors to create their unique, one-of-a-kind food and beverage menu offerings.
This stunning resort, offering the finest in luxury and excellent customer service, is a must experience when in The Golden Isles of Georgia.