Resort History
peaceful sunsetting over ocean while waves come up the sand at the beach of resort

About Our Story

The King and Prince Legacy

Beginning as a social venue in the 1930s and growing into an oceanfront destination like none other, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort has a rich and fascinating history in St. Simons Island. Step back in time and learn a bit more about how our beloved resort became the place that it is today.

Over 80 Years


The King and Prince Club opened as a seaside dance club in 1935. Six years later, on July 2, 1941, the main hotel building opened to the public as the King and Prince Hotel and was immediately praised for its modern features and magnificent ocean views.

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historical view of resort location from 1930s


During World War II, the hotel served as a naval coast-watching and training facility, reopening in 1947 to resume its popularity as a favorite island resort with its gracious Mediterranean architecture.

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historical view of exterior of building with cars parked in front from 1940s


The hotel enjoyed extensive renovation and expansions in 1972 and again in 1983, becoming a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America in 1996.

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historical view of swimming pool being enjoyed by guests


In 2003, the Resort’s cherished core–the historic main building–underwent a stunning restoration and enhancement project, resulting in 57 new guest rooms and signaling a new era in the guest experience. In 2005, the Resort was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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historical aerial view of resort property


From 2010-2013, the Resort underwent a castle makeover, resulting in new culinary offerings and updated common areas. The resulting restaurant, ECHO, pays tribute to St. Simons' brief naval history, through its name and nautical decor. The oceanfront pool complex was also redesigned, with a paver-style deck, pergolas, all new furnishings and umbrellas.

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historical image of aerial view of resort along coastline


Throughout the many changes over our 85 years of service, one thing has remained the same: we provide our guests with superior service, outstanding accommodations, and unrivaled Southern hospitality.

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aerial view of resort property showcasing long coastline