Thanks for reading our blog about The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Bud St. Pierre writing here and I have had the pleasure of serving as the Resort’s Director of Sales & Marketing for almost 7 years now.
The King and Prince is fortunate to have outstanding oceanfront function space. The views of the Atlantic Ocean and beach from the Delegal Room, Retreat Room, the Solarium and the Butler Board Room are gorgeous! These views rank right up there with the best on the east coast. They are that nice! The rooms also feature architecturally unique designs, which are pleasing to the eye. I have always enjoyed hearing from attendees who say they watched dolphins playing in the surf, while meeting in the Retreat Room or having lunch in the Delegal.
The King and Prince Resort is thankful and appreciative of the repeat business from Georgia state associations, university related groups and state government groups. We have an impressive history of groups that have met here for years and we will be forever grateful for their business.
In the last few years, the Resort has been recognized, in hotel industry publications, as the recipients of Successful Meeting’s Pinnacle Award, MeetingSouth’s Best of the South Award and Convention South’s Reader Choice Award. We proudly display these plaques in our lobby as each award is based on meeting planner referrals for outstanding services and amenities at our Resort. Our Catering and Convention Services team and Banquet Services team work hard to ensure the success of every group that meets here.
Groups that meet at resorts understand the value of bringing their clients or their team members to a destination that offers group options outside of the meeting room. Sometimes it’s as simple as offering a nice reception or dinner in an oceanfront room. The Resort is also fortunate to have one of the best oceanfront locations to accommodate up to 300 people. The sound of the waves and the cool ocean breeze is all the entertainment that is needed here.
If the group has the opportunity for a free afternoon, the island offers numerous adventures. One of the best activities I have seen, with many different groups, is a teambuilding Scavenger Hunt, where attendees search the resort grounds for clues (or the area on 4 person bikes!) and then have to capture the moment on instant cameras. Good simple fun for everyone that they share laughs about for months back in their offices. We’ve had groups of lawyers, software sales and consultants take their group on a Shrimp Boat Ride, where they boiled and ate the fresh-caught shrimp right on the boat. We had a group take their attendees to the Golden Isles Speedway to watch dirt track racing, many of whom had never seen a race before. We’ve also had groups take the island trolley tour, kayak through the marshes on the island and visit many of the historical landmarks and sites on St Simons. And with over fifty restaurants on the island, St Simons offers a wide variety of dining options for every budget and taste, all within a few miles of The King and Prince.
The Resort hosted two unique events quite a few years ago, that are still very special to me, in that our team was able to successfully meet and exceed the demands of two challenging groups. One occurred in February 2005, as Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl and The King and Prince Resort served as the playground for a variety of high-end corporate attendees. Some of these companies were entertaining their clients and others were here as a reward for their past performance. I have had the pleasure of experiencing two Super Bowls in the Tampa Bay area and I am very proud of how our team and St. Simons Island served as gracious host to this annual event.
In June 2004, The G-8 Summit was held on Sea Island. The King and Prince was reserved for White House, State Department and various other support and security positions vital to the success of this conference for eight world leaders. From mid April through mid June, the group utilized every guest room on our property, with our Historic Building serving as a communications center. The months of planning and preparation and then the daily opportunities once the group “moved in” were very challenging for our team, but we executed flawlessly, with genuine southern hospitality and we are all very proud of our role in hosting this international event.
So the next time you are seeking a meeting destination for your clients, your executives or the whole team, please consider The King and Prince on St Simons Island, Georgia. We’ll be pleased to surpass your expectations for a successful meeting!