Archive for April, 2011

Spotlight on The King and Prince

Monday, April 25th, 2011

 

This article by Sheila Gaspers published on the Tango Diva Blog introuduces St. Simons Island and King and Prince with some history and description of the area.  She then provides information on The King and Prince Resort and its amenities.

Spotlight: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort – St. Simons Island, Georgia

April 13th, 2011 by Sheila

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Georgia welcomes thousands of visitors to its coast each year. The natural beauty and the rich history of its barrier islands, treasured living sanctuaries, are important to the Georgia Coast’s continued universal tourism appeal and year-round draw.

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St. Simons Island is counted among Georgia’s four barrier islands that are accessible by car. This important distinction combined with St. Simons proximity to Historic Savannah, Atlanta and North Florida, has moved the island up the ranks to a top pick position as a preferred Southeast vacation destination.

Pristine family friendly beaches, miles of hiking and biking trails, unique shopping and unlimited dining options, combined with the region’s cultural, historical and natural assets keep visitors coming back for more.

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Prior to World War II, the island’s tourism efforts suffered; St. Simons struggled to compete with the newly fashionable hot spots like Palm Beach. Moreover, the island culture was lacking – essentially too conservative to retain and attract visitors and new residents.

It was only when the island’s only private beach and dance club, changed hands and rose to new hospitality heights that positive change ensued. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort celebrating over 76 years of service this year, has been instrumental in shaping and defining the island experience. The resort has received countless awards. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and an active member of Historic Hotels of America, the resort is true to its rich historical roots. An illustrious past and a reputation for superior service, refined accommodations and savory cuisine have elevated the King and Prince Resort to a status well worthy of its title as ”the island’s most cherished retreat”.

Sweeping ocean views, spectacular sunsets, and quiet magical moments…are the norm at this beautiful seaside resort.

A welcomed change from the urban jungle, island life is slow and easy. Everything is within reach by bike or foot. Serenity reigns supreme. One learns quickly that all schedules adhere to island time.

The King & Prince Resort is committed to keeping guests happily engaged. Activities abound! There are five pools, a fitness center, jacuzzi, tennis courts and miles of oceanfront beach.

And, to the delight of many…there is Golf…and a Spa.

The newly renovated 18-hole PAR 72 Golf Course is located offsite just minutes away on the north end of the island. The King & Prince Golf Course at Hampton Club, designed by legendary architect Joe Lee is best known for its unparalleled scenic beauty – dramatic moss-draped oaks, vast salt marshes, lagoons and lakes that are woven throughout the green. The near $4 million facelift enhanced and expanded the course; a new irrigation system, a chipping green, fairway bunkers and a variety of quality grasses were among the upgrades. Avid Golfers can take a sneak peak by accessing the 3D animated fly-over tour online. Director of Sales, Bud St. Pierre is a huge fan of the new hi-tech tour – “It’s an in-depth virtual tour where one can see bridges, bunkers, shapes of the ponds, sprawling live oaks, expansive marsh views and more. It even includes a full course map, score card and vibrant photos.”

Resort Guest Rates start at $79 per person (includes green fees and half-cart)

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The Spa, suitably named The Royal Treatment Cottage, operates out of a small converted 3 bedroom bungalow within the resort complex. Guests can enjoy massage treatments that span a variety of disciplines and techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Services are limited at this time so book ahead.

Location: St. Simons Island – Georgia Coast. Easy access from I-95 (exits 29, 36 or 39). Less than 70 miles from Jacksonville International Airport and the Savannah Airport.

Rooms & Rates: 195 Guest Rooms. Rates are Seasonal. Range: $119-$1000

Contact Reservations for Special Package Savings.

There is an impressive selection to please even the most discerning travel diva – from modern to historic, standard room to oversized suite, and ocean to resort views. The resort also offers a 2 or 3 bedroom villa complete with a full kitchen, spacious living area, patio and/or balcony, as well as, a private building pool and hot tub. For those who desire ultimate luxury and privacy, you can choose from one of six unique residences.

Visit the resort’s website for full descriptions and floorplans.

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My top picks for the ultimate girlfriend getaway: (1) The Tabby House, a luxurious Mediterranean style retreat with wrap-around porches on two levels; (2) the Wesley Cottage, a quaint one-story/one bedroom beach bungalow with kitchen, living & dining room, pull out sleeper sofa, as well as, a private backyard surrounded by its very own white picket fence; (3) The Oleander Building’s Ocean View Room, offering quiet comfort with 2 queen beds and private balcony.

Standard In-Room Amenities: Telephone, Digital Clock, Hair Dryer, Coffee-Maker, Large Flat Screen TV, DVD/CD Player, Mini-fridge, quality bath toiletries, and complimentary Wi-Fi Access.

Restaurants & Bars: You don’t need to look beyond the resort grounds for the finest authentic Southern cuisine and the Georgia Coast’s freshest seafood. Think Wild Georgia Shrimp…and you are a goner from the moment you arrive!

From formal to casual settings, the resort offers some of the best dining on the island.

The Friday Night Seafood Buffet is legendary and should not be missed!

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Hosted in a phenomenal historic setting, the resort’s oceanfront Delegal Room adorned with 11 stained glass window masterpieces depicting scenes of island history, this elaborate buffet dinner is an unforgettable sumptuous feast guaranteed to tantalize all your senses.

Do not dismay…satisfy those next day hunger pangs at the hotel’s Kings Tavern or outdoor Paradise Beach Bar & Grill.

Fresh, Healthy, Fresh and Delicious are on the menu 24/7!

The King and Prince Resort invites you to unwind in the sunshine and frolic in the ocean surf.

Relax, renew and revel in the simple pleasures of this Coastal Georgia gem.

Book your escape package today online or call: 800-342-0212

For all your Coastal Georgia travel planning needs, visit the Brunswick-Golden Isles Tourism website or call 800-933-COAST.

For “St. Simons Discovery” recommendations, please check my blog posts for insights – from fun outings to food – that will inspire and enhance your island adventure.

Patricia Mack’s Gayot Guide Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Patricia Mack reviews her stay at The King and Prince in Gayot.

King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Georgia – Hotel Review

A 75-Year-Old Gem Just Off Georgia’s Coast

by Patricia Mack

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An aerial view of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Peering through the balcony doors of an oceanfront room at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, it is hard to keep in mind the rich and complex history of this locale. St. Simons Island, a barrier island just off Georgia’s coast, has seen political turmoil and conflict, and yet, looking out on the Atlantic’s breaking waves, how could one think of anything other than the panoramic vistas and glorious natural beauty?

Tides come and go, herons feed and sea breezes fill the air — this has been the backdrop for generations of guests who have stayed at the King and Prince, a 75-year-old gem of a resort, designated on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Originally a private dance club, King and Prince served as the social center for the small community of residents and visitors to St. Simons; it has emerged in the 21st century as a modern resort that retains the Southern charm that made it famous. Modern updates include Wi-Fi-equipped guest rooms and the addition of a spa — The Royal Treatment Cottage — where mind and body can find repose via aromatherapy and reflexology. Among the high-tech touches, guests can enjoy a 3-D animated flyover of the resort’s golf course available on the Web.

Guest accommodations range from the Oceanfront Building, where rooms have either a terrace or private balcony, to the historic Main Building, with some tower rooms, cabana rooms and suites with Ocean Views, to the Oleander Building, a separate three-floor retreat just a short walk from the main hotel. The resort also offers two- and three-bedroom beach villas on the ocean. All are beautifully furnished with comfortable beds, sofas or chairs and dressers and armoires.

The health-conscious will appreciate the exercise room, tennis courts and five seaside pools including an indoor pool and a hot tub. While for those who simply enjoy a walk or a bike ride, there are paths along the beach. When the tide is out, the beach itself, with its hard-packed sand, attracts runners, joggers, bikers and strolling couples.

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An oceanfront pool

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A room with a view

The King and Prince Golf Course is just a few miles away on the northern tip of the island, offering a great golf exprience, with four spectacular island holes, in a beautiful setting — emerald fairways are nestled within ancient forests and a vast salt marsh.

There are three dining rooms at the hotel, all with oceanfront views, but the most notable is the Delegal Room with its stained glass murals and popular Friday night seafood buffet. Don’t miss the signature shrimp and grits with burgundy gravy, along with maybe a pitcher of white sangria, laden with fruit and perhaps some peach cobbler.

If you’re a history buff and can manage to pull yourself away from the dazzling sunsets and hypnotizing rhythms of the sea, there’s a storied past waiting to be uncovered. The hotel can help arrange tours or provide walking tour maps. Bicycle rental shops are located nearby. Guided trolley tours with often entertaining and always informative narrative provide an overview of this remarkable little island. There is also a museum highlighting St. Simons’ coastal heritage located at the base of the centuries-old St. Simons Island Lighthouse. For history fans, the Maritime Center at the old Coast Guard Station on East Beach is open daily with artifacts and photography from its days as an important training base as well as displays of the area’s ecological systems.

Christ Church, erected in 1884, marks the spot where John and Charles Wesley held services under the oak trees in 1736. Now, the second oldest Episcopal church in Georgia, it is also the third oldest in the country. It is perhaps the most lovely and pastoral of the many sites that make this island, and a stay at this hotel, so memorable.

The Royal Treatment Cottage

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ava Roxanne Stritt blogs her second article about The King and Prince.  This time she raves about her massage at The Royal Treatment Cottage.

The Royal Treatment Cottage at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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Welcome to The Royal Treatment Cottage

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Royal Treatment Cottage

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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Relax at the Spa!

When visiting St. Simons one must be sure to not miss The Royal Treatment Cottage at The King and Prince Resort Golf and Spa Resort. When entering the cottage you automatically feel as if your dearest oldest friend called to invite you over to her island cottage and when she so graciously answered the door you found that she had turned her entire home into a spa cottage – just for you.

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Inside The Royal Treatment Cottage

Immediately upon entering it is as if the only goal here is for you to feel relaxed and at ease. Comfort seems to be a priority here and that is what you get. In the lounge you are offered a cup of tea or whatever your palette desires. Yes you can hear the ocean sounds here, since you are only a few feet from the ocean. Also it is only steps from The King and Prince Resort Golf and Spa Resort, which alone is a treat.

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The Royal Treatment Cottage Lounge

When you are ready to disrobe here, you are given a lovely tote with the name of the spa embroidered on it. Soon these lovely totes may be available to purchase to take home with you, but for now it will safeguard your belongings and travel with you throughout your experience. Don’t worry though you do not have to carry it yourself if you do not want to. For that matter, no one at The Royal Treatment Cottage at The King and Prince Golf and Spa Resort on St. Simon’s Island expects you to lift a finger.

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Treatment Room inside the Royal Treatment Cottage

A massage here will leave you without a care in the world, so much so that you may need to not plan anything much for the rest of the day. Just enjoy your day of Zen from the beginning to end. The treatments here are customized to your own personal needs. If you are unsure of which to one to reserve the thorough masseuse will ask you a few questions to make sure your needs are met. Do not be shy about any questions here, since the feeling of being in a friend’s spa cottage continues throughout your visit. All here have a true caring touch whether making your ears feel loved during a massage to serving your tea.

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Treatment Rooms inside the Royal Treatment Cottage

Also found here are herbal neck wraps that are unmatched anywhere else. Drop by to pick some up for gifts. Also take a look at the lovely array of lotions with island aromas with either a soothing or uplifting scent.

To continue your experience stay at The King and Prince Spa and Golf Resort in one of their many types of accommodations that includes deluxe rooms, suites, villas and cottages. The most popular of which is the Tabby Cottage that sits just steps from The Royal Treatment Cottage.

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The Tabby House

For more information visit:

The King and Prince Resort

Treasures Found on St. Simons Island

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Ava Roxanne Stritt blogs about her recent stay at The King and Prince and the many activities she discovered on St. Simons Island.

Treasures Found on St. Simons Island – The King and Prince Resort

Monday, April 04, 2011

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The King and Prince Resort

When passing by a doorman when entering a resort you expect to hear “Be Our Guest”, but would you expect this out of each and every resident in the entire town? You have not just arrived to Fantasy Island, but visit St. Simons Island and you may wonder if you have found yourself in a mystical place.  A place where everyone may not know your name, but sure act as if they want to get to know you.  This has to be the most hospitable town around even for the South.  It is enchanted by many locals who are the most gracious hosts around; whether you are in their establishment or just crossing the street.  It is as if their goal in life is to make sure that each and every visitor to the island has the most enjoyable vacation of their life!

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St Simons Island Beach

Close your eyes, now imagine a sleepy little quaint southern town; add a historic resort The King and Prince, an ocean, a white sandy beach, fine dining with top chefs, loads of bike trails, plenty of nature and yes even a spa cottage.  The result is a place that many may not believe still exists.  While there one will discover that St. Simon’s Island is a real live breathing town with two schools, opening day little league baseball and community residents with lifetimes of stories.  When you travel to St. Simons, you too get to become a local.  Hang out by the village pier for the 5 o’clock breezes and you may even be privy to some local gossip.

In the coming days I will be sharing more about this amazing destination where one can get lost in being a foodie, a cyclist, an art lover, a beach bum and more!

I look forward to telling you about the treasures I found on the island while staying at The King and Prince Resort!

Patti Davis Writes About Stay at King and Prince

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island

By Patti Davis

April 7, 2011

“What kid in all of us wouldn’t want to find treasure?” - Cap Fendig, St. Simons native and 2008 presidential candidate

St. Simons Island is that gleaming treasure.  Choose a five hour drive, or a quick flight from Atlanta, as you travel back to a more gracious era. If St. Simons is the treasure, then the crowning jewel is The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Opened as a seaside dance club in 1935, you feel enveloped in history as you step inside the grand lobby. Overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, it is not hard to imagine Jay Gatsby holding court while enjoying a gin and tonic at the bar.

Resort Accommodations

Aerial View of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Accommodations

With a wide variety of rooms, villas and private cottages, the resort has something for everyone. You may select a romantic king-bedded room facing oceanfront or a cottage for the entire family that has a full kitchen with all the amenities. All you have to do is pick up some fresh Georgia shrimp for the grill.

Amenities
Four outdoor pools and two hot tubs dot the property, with an additional heated indoor pool adjacent to the lobby. If golf is your passion, complimentary transportation whisks you to the resort’s Hampton Club Golf Course, while giving you a guided tour of the island as an added bonus. Do you crave a massage? Wander over to the cozy Royal Treatment Cottage to release any stress.

Dining
The Friday night seafood buffet at the Delegal Dining Room is not to be missed. Trays are laden with crab legs, fried and freshly shucked oysters, boiled, fried and sauteed shrimp along with a carving station and an impressive array of side dishes and desserts. A signature dish of pecan-encrusted tilapia in an amaretto sauce had me wishing I had asked for the recipe. If you are looking for a place off-property, try Saltwater Cowboy, just outside the entrance to the resort for delicious steak.

The King and Prince truly is the epitome of southern charm.

WHERE:
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522
Reservations: (800)-342-0212
Direct: (912) 638-3631

The King and Prince Resort YouTube Contest

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Win $200!  Easy to Enter~Fun for the whole family!

The King and Prince announces a new travel contest.  All Resort guests are invited to submit a self-made 2 minute video of their stay at The King and Prince on YouTube for a chance to win $200. Be creative and have some fun. We would like to see your favorite area of the Resort. You can also show what you love about St. Simons Island!

Video Contest Requirements:

  • Minimum 1 minute and maximum 2 minutes in length.
  • Mention “The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, GA” on the video
  • Post video on YouTube with ‘King and Prince Resort’ in description and email the link to us at reservations @kingandprince.com
  • OR email us the video and we will post it on YouTube

Video contest will run April, May, June & July.  The Resort will select up to 5 favorite videos at the end of each month. The winners will be notified by email and will receive a $200 credit from their previous stay.

King and Prince Travel Contest

Enter Our Online Video Contest For A Chance To Win!