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Holiday Parties on St. Simons Island

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 5 months away. With the holidays comes the stress of planning not only family functions but also parties for your company or business. Let our experts help you plan a fun-filled holiday party at our beautiful oceanfront resort!

Holiday Parties at The King and Prince

December holiday parties at The King and Prince have become a tradition for many businesses who call the Georgia coast home. The entire resort is festively decorated complete with a large centerpiece Christmas tree decorated in the hotel’s main lobby. Our catering managers can help you create a specific menu for your private party or you can join in on the fun of a combined holiday party with a set menu and several different local businesses in attendance. Whatever you choose, your employees are sure to have an evening of fun! Our holiday parties have great food, good music and hours of fun for everyone.

The great part about hosting your party at our resort is that it gives your guests the opportunity to take the elevator home that night. Often times, we have discounted room rates available specifically for party attendees.

For more information on holiday parties, visit our website or give our catering office a call at: 912.268.5000.

 

 

Religious Retreats at The King and Prince

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Christ Church

Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

 

Our tranquil oceanfront location makes us a great option for your church or religious retreat. Over the years, our historic resort has hosted a multitude of events including couples retreats, church events, family weekends, pastors weekends, marriage retreats and much more! We are equipped for small board room style meetings up to large conferences and events for up to 300 people. Here are some facts about our facilities:

  • Take your retreat outside with an oceanfront lawn reception or worship service.
  • We have room for all attendees to stay on our property with 194 rooms ranging in size, price and view.
  • Our sales team and concierge can arrange child care for groups that want to hold an event just for the adults during the retreat.
  • On-site amenities include: 4 outdoor pools, tennis, beach access and massage therapies.

We can also arrange for your to take your retreat off-site for some relaxation and fun!

5 Tips for A Successful Meeting Presentation

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Meeting Space at The King and Prince

 

Presenting at a conference or meeting can be stressful. Here are some tips to help make your next meeting more productive and stress- free!

Practice, practice, practice- There is nothing worse than an unprepared or unorganized presenter! Don’t let all of your time and energy be in vain. Practice what you are going to say before hand. Make sure you speak clearly, are able to get all of your points across and that you finish up in the time allotted to you.

Keep it short- Make sure your presentation is no more than 20-30 minutes long. If you speak for longer than that, you run the risk of losing the group’s focus. If you have more to say, you can break your presentation into two sessions. Give them a small break in between to get up, stretch and grab something to drink. A well planned presentation should not last longer than 20-30 minutes.

Incorporate multimedia- Change up the “usual” presentation. Add a short video that is relevant to what you are speaking about. YouTube has an endless supply of these. If you are using PowerPoint, add some photos!

Encourage participation-  Although this may not work for all meetings, sometimes it is good to ask for participation from the attendees. You could start off your presentation with a question and ask them to answer it. Or, at the end, you could ask if anyone has anything to add or any questions that you could answer.

Recap your key points- Doing a recap of your key points or ideas is a good way to wrap up a presentation. It re-focuses the group and emphasizes your key points. It is a simple way to bring your presentation to a close while giving relevant information.

 

Themed Banquets at The King and Prince

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Add some fun to your next meeting or social event with a themed banquet at our resort! Our chef and catering department have several theme banquet menus available and they are more than happy to make a special menu just for your event. Along with themed banquets, we also offer afternoon meeting breaks with themes! For more information on banquets, meetings & events, visit our website.

 Themed Banquets at The King and Prince

Here is a sampling of what we offer:

Theme Banquets-

Coastal Seafood/Low Country Boil- Chilled seafood platter, clam chowder, low country boil, catfish & grits, fried shrimp & oyster basket, pecan crusted chicken, key lime pie.

Hawaiian Luau- Whole, roasted pig, lau lau chicken, mahi-mahi with pineapple adobo, roasted corn, taro bread, guava cake & haupia

Taste of Georgia- Crab cake bites, local artisan cheeses, Georgia wedge salad, shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles, bread pudding.

Georgia BBQ- Frogmore stew, pulled pork, bbq ribs, mac & cheese, collard greens & coleslaw.

 

Themed Afternoon Breaks-

The Food Court- Soft pretzel sticks with choice of toppings, cinnamon buns, orange julius & IBC root beer.

At the Fair- Mini corn dogs, funnel cakes with choice of toppings, lemon shakeups & cream soda.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game- Hot dog stand, nachos, cotton candy, cracker jacks & Coca-Cola.

Gone to the Movies- Popcorn (buttery, sweet or spicy), pick n’mix candy (goobers, chocolate raisins, gummy bears, M&M’s)

The Day Spa- Assorted whole & dried fruits, mixed seeds & nuts, granola & fruit yogurts, smoothies.

 

 

 

 

Bring Your Golf Group to The King and Prince

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The King and Prince Golf Course 

St. Simons Island is a golfer’s paradise with over 200 holes of golf to be played in the area. Add to that sunny weather, sea breezes, great fishing, shopping and dining and you’ve got the perfect spot for your next golf group getaway! Choose Your Accommodations. Our resort is able to accommodate any golf group, no matter how large or small. We have a 3 bedroom townhome located on our golf course for groups of 6 as well as the 5 bedroom Hampton House located at the resort for up to 10 couples. If you are looking for more room, our sales managers can set aside a block of rooms and villas so your guests can choose where they would like to stay. Ready, Set, Golf! The King and Prince Golf Course is a short 20 minute drive from the resort property and is available for resort guests and the public to play. Course manager Rick Mattox is able to set up a day of golf for you and your friends, PGA Pro instruction or even a friendly tournament! There’s no need to rush back to the resort for lunch, as the course has a restaurant for your convenience. Explore The Island. Enjoy your time off the course by exploring St. Simons Island. Let the men try their hand at salt water fishing while the women shop at the many stores and boutiques located on the island. Book your golf group today! Give our sales office a call at 912-638-3631 for more information.

Family Reunions at The King and Prince

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Family reunions are a great way to explore a new place with the ones you love! Here is why St. Simons Island and The Golden Isles is the perfect place to hold your family reunion.

1. Good weather, year round. With mild temperatures and sunny days, you will find that the weather is generally good all year long! This means you’ll have more time to get outside, hit the beach, explore the island, play golf, relax by the pool or go shopping!

2. Activities Galore. The good weather leads us to the 2nd reason you should consider hosting your family reunion at The King and Prince. The island is loaded with activities everyone will enjoy! The resort offers 5 outdoor pools and beach access as well as children’s activities during the summer. We have a golf course at the north end of the island, tennis on site, and we are close by to many more fun activities. You can rent bikes at Ocean Motion Surf Co. and plan a scavenger hunt, play mini-golf or shop ’til you drop in the village. Looking for something extra special? Hop on board Credle’s Adventures Shrimp Boat for a 2 hour cruise through calm waters.

3. Miles of Beaches. St. Simons Island is known for its beautiful, clean, sandy beaches which is the perfect place for a day of fun in the sun with your family. Let our culinary team pack picnic lunches for your family so the only thing you have to worry about is applying your sunscreen!

4. Private Dining at Our Resort. Celebrate your family with a special evening of food, fun and dancing! We have several dining facilities to choose from including the Delegal dining room, the Lanier Ballroom, The Solarium or an outdoor event on the oceanfront lawn. Our menu options are endless and if there is something that you would like that isn’t on the menu, our chef would be happy to work with you!

5. Accommodations for Everyone. Our resort has many options to choose from when looking for the perfect accommodation for you and your family. From standard rooms all the way to five-bedroom houses and everything in between, we’ve got you covered. Our hotel rooms will hold 1-4 people and our beach villas will accommodate up to 6. All villas and homes have fully stocked kitchens, living rooms, washers and dryers. What more could you need? Take a look at our accommodations page to see all of the options!

Volleyball at The King and Prince

Incorporate Social Media Into Your Next Meeting

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Incorporate Social Media into Your Next Meeting

 

Meetings & Conventions Magazine has named Social Media as one of the top meeting trends of 2014. Here are some ways to incorporate social media into your next event.

  • Create A Hashtag: Hashtags are an easy way to keep track of what people are talking about in regards to your meeting or convention. This can be used for attendees to communicate with each other during the meeting, for organizers to see what topics are resonating with the attendees and to keep the conversation going after the event is over. Hashtags can be used on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Set Up An Event Blog: Blogs are another way to draw traffic to your website. Create a blog for your meeting or event. It can be as simple or as in depth as you want it to be. It is a good way to get people talking about the conference and to keep attendees informed. If you don’t have time to write all of the blogs, use it as an incentive for those attending the event. If they write a certain number of blogs for you, they will receive a % off their registration (or free registration!).
  • Take Lots Of Photos:  Take photos during the event and post them on your company’s Facebook page. Direct participants to your company’s page and invite them to tag themselves in the photos. Display the photos on the screen in the event space during breaks so people can see themselves on the big screen! You can also post the photos to Instagram and use a hashtag for the event to create more buzz.
  • Create A YouTube Channel: Record part of your meetings…even if it is just little snippets to give future meeting-goers a taste of what your meetings are like. This can be used for promotional purposes at a later date. You can ask attendees to take short videos from the cell phones and have them emailed to you. This is a good way to get many different types of videos for you to upload. The more, the merrier! YouTube videos can be used on your website, blog, Twitter and Facebook page.

There are many ways to integrate a social media plan into your meeting or event. No matter what approach you take, remember to update your social media platform often for optimal results.  Need more ideas? Take a look at our Social Buzz page to see how we are incorporating social media into our business!

Take Your Meeting Outside The Boardroom

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Let’s just say it. Meetings can be boring. Most of us have sat through a day or two of 9-5 meetings that lose our interest and make it hard to concentrate or retain the information we are there to learn. But who said that meetings had to be this way? Why not spice it up or better yet-get out of the boardroom for a bit! Here are some ways to increase attendee participation, retention of information and, have some FUN!

The King and Prince Golf Course

  • Team Building Activities: Create a scavenger hunt around town or around the resort. If you are planning a destination meeting or convention, this is a great way for participants to tour the area and connect with other participants at the same time. No time for a scavenger hunt? Save a little time for a fun game during the day. Our favorite is “Minute to Win It”.
  • Sample The Local Cuisine:  For small meetings, we recommend that you go off property once for lunch or dinner. Ask the resort’s sales team or concierge to give you some recommendations on area restaurants. Our recommendations for St. Simons Island are Crabdaddys, Delaney’s Bistro and Southern Soul Barbeque.
  • Hit The Golf Course:  Spend the morning at the local golf course (or, if you are at The King and Prince, head out to The King and Prince Golf Course). Create a little competition and have a tournament. If you don’t have time for a full 18 holes, cut it down to 9. Either way, the fresh air will do you good.
  • Get In Touch With Your Inner Chef: Spice things up for your attendees with a cooking demonstration from a local chef. It might get their creative juices flowing and the best part? You get to taste the finished product.
  • Create Some Friendly Competition: Put together a game of softball or volleyball. Give the winners a trophy and bragging rights for a year! Next year, they can fight to keep the title. It will give everyone something to look forward to for next year and a little friendly competition is good.

The Meeting Planner’s Speaker Presentation Checklist

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Travel hiccups notoriously prevent meeting planners from walking a speaker through the presentation or having a run through before the actual event. With so much going on during a conference, some details tend to fall by the wayside. Refer to this cheat sheet to ensure a successful presentation for your speaker:

Prior to the meeting, coordinate details with the audio visual team. To ensure that everyone on the production end of the meeting is on the same page, be sure to provide the audio visual engineer with the agenda, so he or she will understand the order of speakers and meeting flow.

  • Help your speaker understand their audience. For example, their knowledge level regarding the topic, their seniority, demographics, etc.
  • Review staging details. Does the speaker plan to walk around or remain seated? Whatever the case, make sure the speaker knows where the cameras are. If the speaker is presenting amongst a panel, make sure everyone knows the order and protocol to prevent any communication confusion. Moreover, if there are any technical limitations, make the speaker aware of such information (for example, a glitchy microphone or teleprompter).
  • Have a backup plan. Technology issues, last minute cancellations or other unforeseen events can be surmounted if there is a solid backup plan in place.
  • Be clear about the speaker’s time allotment. Use a countdown clock so the speaker will be cognizant of timing.
  • As hybrid meetings continue to rise in popularity, be sure to allot enough time for the interactive elements of the presentation. Consider audience involvement and visuals during rehearsals.
  • What happens after the speaker’s presentation? To help the speaker conclude with a smooth transition into the next segment of the meeting, remember to describe the closing sequence.
  • Provide feedback. Talk to your audience and provide your speaker with feedback – this can only help to improve future sessions!

Do you have any success tips or prep steps to a seamless presentation? Let us know in the comments!

By the Numbers: Our Atlantic Coast Meeting Venue

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Although we might be a little biased, we think The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island is the perfect place to hold a meeting! From large conferences and small business lunches to training sessions and team building events, we have something for every group size. Below is a snapshot of The King and Prince venue attributes, by the numbers:

6 – Meeting planners can choose from 6 different spaces to hold an event: the Lanier Ballroom, Retreat Room, Delegal Room, Solarium, and Butler Room plus the breathtaking oceanfront lawn.

2,880 – The size in square feet of the largest venue space at The King and Prince.

180 – Enjoy 180 degree views of the ocean from one of our upstairs meeting rooms.

12 – The number of buildings to choose from for accommodations, with options such as oceanfront rooms and villas, to a townhome on the golf course.

72 – Par 72, that is…The King and Prince Golf Course is an award-winning, 18-hole, Par 72 course , and offers a 6,500 square foot mini-verde putting green, a 3,000 square foot mini-verde chipping green, and 5 target greens.

1935 – The year The King and Prince originally opened its doors…as a seaside dance hall rather than a hotel.

1 – There can only be  one Jason Brumfiel, our Executive Chef. He is a master at bringing a unique combo of Southern classics and modern favorites, with an emphasis on Georgia vendors and farm-to-table cuisine.

2014 – The resort recently finished renovations to the lobby, atrium, and restaurant in 2014, creating a new look and feel in the historic space.

30,000 – The amount of oceanfront property in square feet that the main swimming pools occupy.

0 – Cost for WiFi, exercise facility, parking, tennis courts, plus many more complimentary amenities around the resort.

17.9 – Area in square miles of St. Simons Island

50+ – The number of restaurants around the island – there is truly something for everyone!

4 – Just 4 short fields on our meeting RFP! Fill one out HERE for more information about hosting your next event at The King and Prince Resort!

Retreat Room

Retreat Room Classroom Setup at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.