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The magical allure of St. Simons Island

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Tom Plant of has written a series of blogs about his visit and the southern culinary traditions he enjoyed… and he can’t wait to come back!  Global Writes published his latest article about his unforgettable experience.

It’s only been a few months since my visit, but I miss Saint Simons Island, Georgia, tremendously. The majestic King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort was my home for my all too brief visit, and I left feeling officially spoiled.

Let us spoil you!  Call 800-342-0212 today.

Mary Ann DeSantis finds “A Golden Treasure”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Mary Ann DeSantis of “Writing with Style” visited The King and Prince over the summer with her husband Tony.  DeSoto Magazine/Exploring the South recently published Mary Ann’s interview with Gaines Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group, which owns and manages The King and Prince.  Mr. Sturdivant’s father, Mike, helmed the company when they purchased The King and Prince in 1980:

“Dad was interested in finding a resort to add to his portfolio. He was familiar with Sea Island and when he saw The King and Prince, he felt it was exactly what he was looking for,” said Gaines Sturdivant about his father who passed away in May 2012. “It turned into far more than an investment for him and for our family. It is our flagship hotel and a cherished part of our company.”

Read the rest of Mary Ann’s article, along with Tony’s beautiful photography, here.The King and Prince Resort

Georgia On My Mind… Chic Savvy Travels

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Chantel Guertin visited The King and Prince recently, and posted about her experience on  Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @chantelguertin.

St. Simons Island blends the best of the Deep South with the East Coast. Halfway between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, fly into either airport and make the hour drive to the island.

Where to stay
The King & Prince is the only waterfront resort on the island. Originally opened as a seaside dance club in 1935, it now offers oceanfront suites, beach villas or resort residences (ideal for larger families).

To read more of her article, click here.


The King and Prince Shines in Southern Food Festivals

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The King and Prince culinary staff has had a busy September!  The kitchen buzzed with activity through the constant flow of fall travelers, conventions, weddings and other gatherings.  In addition, they had the pleasure of participating in two local festivals – the Shrimp and Grits Festival and the inaugural St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival.

On the Friday night of the Shrimp & Grits festival, our staff worked tirelessly to prepare one of our signature dishes for the voting masses.  Their hard work paid off when we won the People’s Choice award for Best Vendor!

On the next weekend, Chef Jeff and his team showcased several delicious treats, including Cajun Wild Georgia Shrimp Skewers on Sweet Corn Salsa, for the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival.

This Festival, whose proceeds went to benefit  Hospice of the Golden Isles, asked our own Food & Beverage Director Vinny D’Agostino to be their master mixologist.  With the help of our talented bartenders, Vinny introduced festival goers to our signature cocktails, featuring 13th Colony Southern Corn Whisky, among others.

We can hardly wait until next year!

Submit A Recipe For A Chance To Be Published in Our Cookbook!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Recipes for Cookbook

Submit your recipe for The King and Prince Cookbook!

We are accepting recipes to be included in our King and Prince Cookbook. Once the cookbook is published, copies will be sold to the public and proceeds will go to Glynn County Relay for Life which raises money cancer research.

To submit a recipe, email it to Please include the name of your recipe, your name, address and phone number. If your recipe is published in the cookbook, you will receive a coupon to use towards your next stay at The King and Prince.

Please feel free to share this with your family and friends. We are looking forward to reading (and tasting) your delicious recipes and we know that this will be a great fund raiser for Relay for Life.

There is no limit on the amount of recipes you can submit.

Happy cooking!

Tom Plant’s Culinary Adventures on St. Simons

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Low Country Boil at The King and Prince

Tom Plant, of has written a series of blogs about his spring visit to The King and Prince and St. Simons Island.  He fit quite a few adventures into a three-day trip!

My whirlwind three day visit to Saint Simons Island this past April was drawing to a close. Part of Georgia’s wilderness coast, it’s one of 15 beachfront islands along a 90 mile stretch. We began Wednesday morning with a visit to  a local favorite for lunch and dinner, Palmer’s Village Café. This charming spot is adorned with local art on every wall and the smells are heavenly.

Read this and more of Tom’s great stories here.


Thanksgiving at The King and Prince

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The crisp air has us thinking of all the tastes and smells of Fall.  It’s never too early to plan your Thanksgiving family meal.  Chef Jeff and his team have planned a magnificent feast – Turkey and dressing are only the beginning of the Southern Culinary delights that await you!    Call now to reserve – 912-268-5967.

Restaurant Open on Thanksgiving

Return of “Southern Culinary Traditions”

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Sucheta Rawal, contributing blogger to Cuisine Noir, recently visited The King and Prince Resort and spoke with Chef Jeff Kaplan regarding our Southern Culinary Traditions.  Sucheta also enjoyed our Friday Night Seafood Buffet and Southern Charm Sunday Brunch.

(Chef Jeff) Kaplan believes in cooking with local ingredients and supporting local farmers and businesses. His initiative to bring fresh and seasonal ingredients to the island has completely transformed the menu at the resort. He personally visits the Saint Simons Island Farmer’s Market and picks up produce to cook with, then orchestrates them into a Southern culinary symphony. The dishes are enhanced by locally sourced honey from the Savannah Bee Company, peaches from Lane Southern Orchards, and wild Georgia shrimp from City Market Seafood.

For this and more mouth-watering posts, visit Cuisine

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A Photographer’s Calling – An Interview with The King and Prince’s Professional Photographer

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

If you’ve ever perused, you’ve seen the beautiful photography of Chris Johnson of Johnson Pictures.  He has been bringing beautiful images of the Resort to the eyes of our future guests for several years now.  In this interview with Tom Ski, Chris talks about his craft:

A Photographer’s Calling

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A Photographer’s Calling

We all have those cameras in our pockets (of course, most of them are cell phones), that we pull out in order to make sure that absolutely every occasion we wish to remember is documented for a later date. From weddings to prom to the most beautiful scenery of all time – photographs are the one and only thing that remain after the memories fade.

So being a photographer in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, must truly be a ‘grade-A’ career.  Chris Johnson of Johnson Pictures, living that career under the stunning glow of the sun as it rises above the Atlantic each spectacular day.

St. Simons Island – the jewel in the Golden Isles crown located off the coast of Georgia, is where Chris Johnson makes his home. Here, he uses his passion for photography to capture moments in time for his clients, that become pieces of true art in the advertising and marketing campaigns for many of the sites located in this serene beauty.

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Being able to speak with a commercial photographer in such a fascinating place was a real gift – a gift that we are about to share with our readers. The following will show you all different aspects and views of the world of photography from an incredibly gifted and ingenious man who was able to parlay a passion into a full-time career. We begin at the King and Prince Resort. There is no more wondrous place on the map than this incredible location that provides 5-star accommodations, fine dining, sports, five-sparkling pools to simply get lost in as you bask in the Georgia sunshine, and more. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort truly has it all, and their photographer makes sure that the whole world is allowed to see inside the doors of this magnificent paradise.


Chris, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Now, I’ve been told that you have been doing all the photography – rooms, etc. – around the King and Prince for seven years now?

Yes, at least that.

I would love for our readers to learn about your experiences here; what brought you to the island, and what exactly Johnson Pictures concentrates on?

I am a freelance photographer and Johnson Pictures has been in business for twenty-one years now. I actually began in 1990 in NYC and worked there until 2001 as a commercial photographer and in editorial for magazines, etc. I actually came to St. Simons Island in 2001.

Johnson Pictures offers a variety of photographic services from aerial to architecture and interiors, hotels and resorts, lifestyle photography…mostly commercial work.

Why did you move from New York?

My wife is from NYC and I certainly enjoyed my time there. I was actually a resident from 1986 through 2001. We had a two-year-old daughter and we were planning on moving upstate to the Hudson Valley where we spent a great deal of time. But I knew if we were to move up there, most of my work would still be in the City and that’s a whole lot of commuting.

We were visiting here and one Fall afternoon we had an epiphany. My daughter was dancing up and down on the beach and I suddenly realized – here we are!  This is it!

I came back to do a little research to see if there would be any work on St. Simons, and with all the resorts, restaurants, sites, etc., there was. It was just three months after that when we picked up and moved!  I will never forget it. I mean, it was March and I was swimming in an outdoor swimming pool, which was amazing to me. Being from Cleveland and then living in NYC – outdoor swimming in March is certainly not something one would expect, or be used to. So…it was a truly great experience.

I can imagine. Snow gone, cold gone and into a paradise of sorts.


Do you work with many different resorts?

Yes. Johnson Pictures is 99% commercial work, advertising for several of the resorts as well as their components, such as, meeting rooms, ballrooms, spas, pools, golf courses, etc. There are some jobs that also touch upon the lifestyle component, such as guests or visitors playing sports, hiking, dining, etc.

Do you ever interact with guests?

Sometimes. It can be difficult though, seeing as that they are here for a ‘guest’ experience and not to be harassed by a photographer. But sometimes they do agree to help with the lifestyle photographs. It is difficult because you need to get the proper permissions for their pictures, seeing as that this is all about advertising that goes out over the internet and reaches millions of people.

Have you ever thought about doing artistic photography?

I do, actually. Most photographers have their own personal work. But when you do it for a living, you’re kind of busy earning the dollars necessary to support your family and you don’t have a lot of time to do side work. Even though I have my own personal work, I tend to set it aside and focus on the money earning end of things.

Sort of like being a travel writer. You can’t just sit on the beach and write a novel, you have to get things done!

Exactly. Every ‘artist’ would certainly love to hang a photograph or picture in a gallery, but you always need the money that comes from commercial work.

And, as I said, being that most all of my photographs are for commercial work, there are ownership issues. And you can’t resell, especially here in a small market – a smaller community – where the ‘rights’ issues are a little more difficult than what you would find in, say, New York. People are a little more possessive of their rights here. The uniqueness of the imagery is far more personal as opposed to a place like Miami Beach.

Do you photograph weddings?

I did when I first moved here. In fact, there was one year when we did thirty-five, but we were hit with two things.

First, we were hit with the bad economy, and not many people were purchasing a photographer’s services, or heading to fancy vacation spots like this one for the wedding. The second thing was that digital photography came out and came out big. Everyone has a digital camera, and knows someone who is good with that camera; whether it be an uncle or a cousin, there are many amateurs in the wedding market now. Also there are other commercial guys who saw the changes and jumped into the wedding market, as well. I’ve done about 140 during the last 10 years but it has been scaled back considerably.

And how do you feel about the introduction of digital and the changes to the industry?

Well, you can fix errors with digital, but there are just so many more people who are what you would consider an ‘advanced amateur.’ Everything links to the internet which makes the marketing possibilities so much greater, and the cost is far less than film.

I still have some 50 ASA Fuji slide film in my freezer. 

LOL. I cleared my freezer a little bit ago. We still had a bunch, but I don’t think I’ve shot a roll of film since 2004. Are you happy with digital?

No, I’m not. I still like film. I liked reading the light and setting the picture by feel, and I can’t do that with digital and get the same results. What are your thoughts?

There was a point in time where film was still better but we’ve crossed the threshold. I don’t miss film, the mess or the cost, but now that I work with digital I shoot things completely different. You have to understand that something as simple as a hotel room is not all that simple; you have multiple lights to deal with, and when it comes to something as stunning as the King and Prince, you WANT to capture that view just outside the window.

The contrasts between indoors and outdoors are huge. To capture it in the old days you had to brilliantly light up the room so that it was almost as bright as the outside. But with digital, I can now photograph in layers. Then, in post-production, I can work with those good captures for each individual section/layer, so the picture looks much more like what the naked eye sees.

Do you ever miss working in the darkroom?

Yes, but you still can do that somewhat – when you’re making your captures. With layers you can expose the highlights and create exactly what you want for your client, and your hands stay dry. It’s almost cheating but you get the end results that make your client happy.

There is also an artistic portion to digital. There are still similar ‘darkroom decisions’ when it comes to digital post production, but I feel that I am now making illustrations, not pictures. That’s what the commercial photography market has really become. Using digital-touching, contrast correction, perspective correction, layer work – all of these combine to produce an illustration of the scene.

Did you ever teach the craft?

Yes, actually. I was a photographic instructor at the College of Coastal Georgia, and one of the classes was about personal style. There was a great deal of instruction and debate when it came to digital work, but the one question that still comes up is the difference between a real photograph as opposed to a digital one. People, I believe, wonder how far you can go with digital before it’s no longer a picture. How much is too much altering?

This happened to me recently when I was asked to be a judge for the Coastal Photographers Guild. This is a local organization who was running a contest, and part of the judging criteria was how far the entrants were from the original capture. Within the rules they were allowed a certain amount of leeway, digital retouching, etc. – but the lines are truly blurred now, which is what makes me believe that they are illustrations and not pictures.

So, it’s a personal taste.

Absolutely. In fact, I have a friend who feels that there’s no need to create art anymore because the Renaissance gave us the best there will ever be. He said what was done in the 15th Century can never be improved upon. Of course…he also thinks rock-and-roll stopped after Zeppelin stopped. (LOL)

I kind of have to agree with him on that one. So digital is definitely the most beneficial?

The biggest part is that you get instant results with digital; you can capture it right to the laptop so you can immediately blow it up, look at the various sections, and be able to move a chair in the room to a different angle, or take out a prop you don’t need – that way there are no surprises when you get home.

Is there a great deal of investment that must be made in the newest lenses and/or new technology in the digital world?

With commercial work I don’t need to worry about the latest and greatest technology because most all of the work is placed on the web nowadays. There are no sales offices left who want 3-5 foot images. Most all images required are no bigger than 9” x 12”.

You certainly would need to make top investments when it comes to, say, shooting the Super Bowl, but for the type of work I do, it is unnecessary.

Before we wrap things up, can you tell readers a little about shooting the King and Prince?

A lot of what we do here is weather dependent. We need that fantastic horizon, a great sky…so there is a lot of ‘last minute’ photography involved. It’s not like you can really plan to shoot next Tuesday, so to speak.

But that really is part of the fun of photography. It is a true conundrum to work with everything and solve the problems that need to be solved. When it comes to the King and Prince, just the variety of rooms is amazing! There’s truly a new shot – a new locale – every time I set out. In fact, I believe that someone said you could stay here twenty times and be in a different room each and every time. Which is great – because that also gives the photographer a variety of points of view to show to the world.


It is certainly no surprise to this writer that the King and Prince used the enormity of its beauty, serenity, peace, charm and elegance to draw Johnson Pictures to its island home. And to be able to see all those points of view and all those immaculately stunning scenes on a daily basis must truly be the definition of living the good life.

So for all you struggling artists out there who truly have a passion for the realm of photography, take this new knowledge, information, and outlook and aspire to find your very own Golden Isle experience one day!

To see Chris Johnson’s incredible work, head to:


For more information on the King and Prince, head to:!/kingandprince

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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St Simon’s Island, Georgia

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St Simon’s Island, Georgia

St. Augustine News writers Lee and Laura visited The Resort from June 10th through the 13th.  Read on and share with them in their escape filled with fun, food and relaxation.


A month ago when asked if Lee and I wanted to go to The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia I said “where.”  We had no idea that this wonderful resort with the most charming people even existed.

It took some doing to get there though.  Oh no, it is just off a major thoroughfare and the roads are well paved.  It was the torrential downpour of rain that challenged us.  Luckily, Lee was driving at the time.  It was suggested that I bury my head in my latest Nook selection and not to wear out the floor carpet with the imaginary break on the passenger side.  Lee said that we traveled through Jacksonville, however, the entire city was a blur to him.  Not one building seen by his eyes, only the tail lights in front of us with the hazard lights in full use.

Suffice it to say we arrived slightly tense and somewhat cramped and immediately proceeded to our 4:00 appointment at The Royal Treatment Cottage at The King and Prince for a couples massage.  We understand this renovated cottage is a new addition to the resort. We were greeted with warm southern hospitality, comfortable white robes and foot ware, water with lemon slices, and heated aroma therapy neck wraps.  After time to unwind in the relaxation area we were brought into the couples massage room.  The travels thus far left us wanting therapeutic, deep tissue massages to work out our knots and tension.  Our therapists, Bucky and Sonia, were very accommodating and talented. An hour later we were escorted back to the relaxation area and were adorned in neck wraps again and a fresh bottle of water. The tension quickly melted away so that we were able to begin our vacation in the best of body and mind.

Now, time to actually check in.  The entire front desk staff was wonderful.  With all the bellmen busy seeing to other guests, front desk staffer, Clarence went beyond the call of duty to help us to our room before the next cloud burst could drench our luggage.

We entered our room through medieval wood doors to find a beautifully renovated, spacious ocean view room complete with a personal hand written note from the room steward, Antoinette. She was a joy and made every attempt to see to our needs during our three night stay. Internet access was effortless to join. The large flat screen tv was well positioned for viewing in the smartly arranged space of furnishing and finishes.

Sugar Marsh Cottage confections

I must take a moment to mention the two gold foil boxes of heaven from Sugar Marsh Cottage Specialty Confections, Inc. left for us compliments of the resort. The first box we opened contained delicious Chocolate Dipped Signature Gourmet Shortbread Coquilles.  It took everything I had not to hide in the closet and eat them all.  Knowing my long term relationship with Lee would be in jeopardy if I did not leave him some.  The second box contained White Chocolate Orange Angle Wings and Sea Stars.  Both were definitely a special delight.

The meals at the King and Prince are incredible.  The dining areas overlook the western most point on the Atlantic’s eastern seaboard. Cargo ships can be seen coming and going through the channel for Brunswick, GA. For dinner I ate the chef’s signature Low Country Shrimp & Grits.  This being my first venture into grits I was hesitant.  But, they were great.  I am a starch addict and cannot have a meal without pasta, potato or rice.  Now I have another choice, and fix them with cheese and I am in heaven.  Lee had the garlic rubbed rib-eye cooked to perfection with au-gratin potatoes that were the perfect texture with just the right amount of cheese.

The breakfast buffet had more choices than most we have been to, including eggs made to order.  Luckily peaches were is season and we were able to feast on peach strudel until I could not pass another bit through my lips.  Of course our second morning I started with the peach strudel first.  Why pussyfoot around? Read More>>>