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Explore St. Simons Island During Your Next Meeting or Retreat

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Beach on St. Simons Island

When meeting planners are looking for a location for their next event, they are looking for several things. Some of those are price, amenities and of course, location. Our resort is conveniently located just minutes off of I-95 and just steps from the ocean’s edge! Because of our proximity to the ocean, and the abundance of activities and sight-seeing on the island, it makes our resort the perfect meeting destination. Here are some places worth seeing while you are attending your next meeting.

Shrimping aboard The Lady Jane: This is a one of a kind tour that you will not experience anywhere else! The two hour tour takes you through St. Simons Sound where they drag the nets and show you what is living in our waters. What will you see besides lots of shrimp? Jellyfish, baby sharks, puffer fish, blue crab, horseshoe crabs and maybe even a sea turtle! Individual tickets can be purchased or you can ask them about a private tour for your whole group.

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum: Visit one of only three working lighthouses in the state of Georgia. The lighthouse and museum is located in the pier village area which is one mile from our resort. Take a tour and learn about the rich maritime history of the island. Don’t forget to climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view.

Sailboat Rentals: Take advantage of our location by renting a sailboat or taking sailing lessons from a pro! Barry’s Beach Service offers sailboat rentals as well as sailing lessons, paddleboard rentals and kayak rentals. Give your attendees something to talk about for months to come with this unique experience.

4 Tips For Meeting Planning On A Budget

Friday, April 10th, 2015

When it comes to meetings, not everyone has a big budget to spend. However, it is possible to have a professional meeting at a nice venue while still looking out for your bottom dollar. Here are some tips for saving money on your next meeting or conference:

1. Be Flexible- The best way to save money on rooms and event space is to be flexible with your dates. Let the sales manager know up front that you have a certain budget to work with and that your dates are flexible. This can help the sales manager find low-demand dates that can give you the same meeting space and rooms for less!

2. Select A Location That Has On-Site Food & Beverage- Food costs can really drive your bill up fast. By finding a location that has on-site food and beverage, you will be able to negotiate costs better and they may be willing to create a smaller, more cost effective menu for your event.

3. Ask For Volunteers- Save on labor costs by asking for a few attendees to volunteer their time to man the registration table for a few hours during the conference. You can discount or give them free registration to cover the cost of their time and it will save you on labor costs.

4. Offer Sponsorship Opportunities- Depending on the type of event you are planning, you may be able to ask businesses to sponsor the event for a fee. This will offset your costs and help them gain new customers. It can be a win-win situation!

To learn more tips on meeting planning or to host your next meeting at our oceanfront resort, visit our website.

 

What Meeting Planners Are Saying About Our Resort

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Many meetings and events are held at our resort over the course of a year. Our guests come first, and each and every team member strives to provide a relaxing and memorable experience for them. After a meeting or event has ended, we ask the planner to give us feedback about their experience. Here is what meeting planners are saying about The King and Prince.

“We had an incredible stay. Everyone was courteous. If we had a problem, the staff was easy to work with to get it taken care of. I was very appreciative and it made the retreat an excellent event.” -G.W.

“Our ladies had a fantastic time and loved being at The King and Prince. This was perfect for our meeting and we loved Wesley Cottage.” -G.W.

“We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be having more events and meetings here in the future.” -J.W.

“As always, an excellent event. I received many comments from the attendees as to how impressed they were. The hotel, grounds and staff are excellent.” -D.J.

“The catering staff was very accommodating to our last minute changes. . . went above and beyond and were very pleasant regarding our requests.” -B.H.

“Your hotel, staff, food & service was excellent and I do mean excellent. It is so very nice and accommodating. The way our customers went on about the Saturday night meal was unreal. I enjoy dealing with professionals who are on their game and your team is. Thank you for everything. We have has some great venues in the past , this may have topped them all.” -C.S.

5 Tried and True Networking Tips

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Networking at The King and Prince Resort

Networking is something that you either love or hate. If it is not your forte, it can be hard to go to a meeting or convention and meet new contacts and network while you are there. We have hosted a lot of meetings at The King and Prince and have some helpful tips:

5. Tweet your heart out- Most large conventions or events have an event hashtag. Use it to your advantage! Tweet while you are at the events (and even when you are not) about anything and everything. The view, the food, the content in the seminars, tweet about your favorite presenters and little nuggets of wisdom that you hear along the way. These can all help you connect with other attendees.

4. Get out of your hotel room- In case you haven’t noticed, it is kind of hard to meet and connect with others if you are spending too much time in your hotel room. Get out and enjoy yourself! Whether you are at the bar, at the pool or out and about in the local area, you are sure to run into some people you can network with.

3. Bring business cards- Be sure to not only bring business cards with you to the meeting but also keep them on you no matter where you go. You never know when you’ll run into someone worth knowing and if you’ve got a business card to give out, it makes it that much easier for you to keep in touch with each other!

2.  Get out of your comfort zone- Try something new, sit at the bar instead of eating in your room, start a conversation with someone, these are all simple ways to get out of your comfort zone, try something new and maybe even meet a few people you normally wouldn’t have met!

1. Smile- It really is as simple as that. When you smile, you are more approachable AND it will put you in a better mood!

 

For more information and tips on meetings, visit our website.

 

Celebrate in Style on St. Simons Island

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Oceanfront Venue in Georgia

With 6 unique event spaces and several resort homes available for private events, The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia has many options available when choosing a space for your next party or corporate event. Our event spaces can accommodate up to 350 guests for a reception-style party.

While your guests are enjoying delicious farm to table Southern cuisine, they will also be taking in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean which can be seen from several of our event spaces as well as the restaurant, bar and oceanfront lawn.

While planning your corporate party or family event, we invite you to sit down with our catering team and create a customized banquet menu that reflects the theme of your party. If time is of the essence, we also have several banquet menus that offer everything from casual fare, buffets and even a plated dinner menu.

Give your guests the option to take the elevator home! Our group sales department can create a block of rooms at a discounted rate for your guests to choose from. Imagine how happy they will be to go to sleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic!

For more information about hosting an event at The King and Prince, please visit our website.

The Top 3 Ways to Wow Attendees at Your Next Meeting

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Delegal Meeting Room at The King and Prince

Meeting and conference planners are always looking for ways to create a unique experience for their attendees. With many professionals attending multiple conferences a year, they can become bored with the “same old” experience time and time again. Here are our top three ways to wow attendees at your next meeting!

3. Spice up your banquet. The steak, chicken and veggie entrees can be eaten anywhere. Ask your catering manager if they can prepare a meal with locally inspired dishes. In the south that would mean shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes, delicious BBQ, crab cakes, cat fish and mac & cheese. If your guests are traveling from out of town, they will enjoy the local cuisine instead of the same old standby foods!

2. Engage attendees in person as well as on social media. In today’s society, we cannot focus on just engaging with clients and attendees solely in person (although that is very important). Create a social media strategy to not only engage with your attendees but to encourage them to engage with each other throughout the conference! This will help them to enjoy their time at the conference and will also result in continued dialogue about the topics presented at the conference long after everyone has gone home.

1.  Encourage attendees to get out and explore the local area. So many times meetings are scheduled so there is no “down time” for those attending the conference. Work with your meeting planner or local CVB to provide your guests with local activities that they may enjoy. This will translate into more productivity during the meetings and happier attendees! That sounds like a win-win to us!

For more information about meetings or to plan a convention at our Georgia resort, visit our website.

Try a Photo Booth For Your Next St. Simons Island Event

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Photo Booth for Parties and Events

www.studiopixelpop.com

 

Meeting and event planners are always looking for fun ways to spice up their events. Themed banquets, fun team building activities and group outings are all great ways to add some extra excitement to group events but the new trend is adding a photo booth to your event! Many photo booths come complete with fun props to take hilarious photos that attendees will be able to laugh about and keep for years to come.

Local Golden Isles photographer, Studio Pixel Pop is the expert when it comes to photo booths for group events. Photo booths can be set up for corporate events, holiday parties, church groups, group meetings and even weddings! For more information about booking a photo booth for your next event, visit Studio Pixel Pop online. To learn more about group events on St. Simons Island, visit our website.

Meeting Planners Rave About Our St. Simons Island Resort

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Butler Board Room

The Butler Board Room at The King and Prince Resort – complete with an ocean view!

 

It is the goal of the management and staff at The King and Prince to make sure that every guest has a wonderful stay with us. Many of our guests stay with us for meetings and conventions and are able to enjoy the amenities the resort offers while they are here on business.

Here is what some of our group meeting contacts have said recently about their meetings at The King and Prince:

“Most attendees at our convention loved the King and Prince and said that the food at ECHO was very good. They were also happy with their rooms.” -A.O.

“We love the new decor!” -A. R.

“Thank you for everything. We loved The Lady Jane!” -M.W.

Recent meeting awards include Convention South magazine Readers’ Choice Award, the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine, Meeting South’s Best of the South Award and Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award. Contact us today to find out how we can help you host a productive and memorable meeting on St. Simons Island, Georgia!

5 Catering Trends for 2015

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

St. Simons Island Catering

Meeting planners and event venues are always looking to please their attendees. Our catering department has done some research to bring you the top 5 catering trends of 2015.

1. Vegetarian Dishes- Studies show that many Americans are now eating at least one meatless meal a week. Many of us also now enjoy a vegetarian meal from time to time just “because.” Diners are also starting to ask for more vegetarian options. As a rule of thumb, you should offer a vegetarian menu option during your event.

2. Tapas- Instead of a full buffet or plated dinner, the new trend is bite-sized appetizers and small plates of entrees. This enables the attendees to taste a variety of delicious foods while mingling with other attendees and networking.

3. Local Ingredients- Chefs will continue to source as much of their menu locally as they can. This translates into dishes with a fresh twist and more seasonal menus based on what is available locally during your event.

4. Retro Cocktails & Craft Beers- Bartenders are doing a throwback to the past with fun, retro drinks like the Manhattan and the Gimlet. Craft breweries are popping up all over the country and those who enjoy beer are taking notice. Adding retro cocktails and craft beer to your meeting mixer will surely make your attendees happy to be there!

5. Healthy Menu Options- These days it seems like almost everyone is on one diet or another or is watching what they eat. The surefire way to please everyone is to add some healthy items to your banquet menu. Many event venues including The King and Prince are now offering delicious, healthy options to their guests.

Read What Meeting Planners are Saying about Our Resort!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Delegal Meeting Room on St. Simons Island

Over the course of a year, hundreds of meetings and events take place at our oceanfront resort. After each meeting ends, we ask meeting planners for any feedback they have. Here is what meeting planners are saying about their time at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia:

“Could not be happier with the way the event went. Great job King and Prince!” -H.S.

“Great year. Very accommodating. We will definitely be back. Thank you.” -L.W.

“Always great!” -S.H.

“The resort and service are excellent and that’s why we keep coming back. Staff go out of their way to make sure our event runs smoothly. They are a pleasure to work with.” -B.P.

“Ruth Driggs was wonderful to work with and extremely helpful at all times!” -S.L.

“Thank you! Everything was wonderful!” -D.S.

“The staff here do an outstanding job and are in the top 3 I’ve experienced in 30 years of meeting planning. Great job!” -A.E.

“The renovations look great!” -G.L.

“Everyone wants to return in 2014. I don’t see how you can top what you did in 2013, but have confidence that you will.” -B.A.

“King and Prince always does an excellent job for us.” -R.L.

“Excellent support from the staff in putting on another successful conference at The King and Prince!” -J.M.

“Once again, another great conference! I want to personally thank Kaitlin Rouh for her patience and professionalism!” -T.B.

“It is a pleasure working with Julie. The renovations are beautiful!” -B.P.

“Julie, Kaitlin & Laurie did an excellent job helping us with check-in, changes and special needs. Incredible job!” -G.L.

“Many compliments from association members. A great and needed from our previous meeting location. Many thanks to your staff.”-C.F.

“The entire staff at The King and Prince deserve a huge pat on the back for the outstanding service they provide to the guest. I received nothing but positive feedback from our board members and they are looking forward to returning in the future.”-P.B.

 

To learn more about meetings and events at our resort, visit our website or call us at 912-638-3631.