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“Georgia Sea Islands” Listed in National Geographic’s Top Rated List

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The Georgia Sea Islands, which describes the islands off the coast of Georgia and includes St. Simons Island, were listed in the National Geographic Top Rated List for the first time ever.

Read about all 99 Coastal Destinations or about the Sea Islands rating.

Traveler’s annual destination scorecard focuses on 99 coastal areas, from Italy to Mozambique. A panel of 340 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship rates this geographically and culturally representative sample of the world’s waterside locales.

Score: 74

Native Americans, British soldiers, African slaves, and wealthy late 19th-century vacationers have all left their marks on Georgia’s sun-soaked barrier islands. Local residents have worked to safeguard relics of this multi-layered history. The islands’ ecology is also in good shape. Though pressure to overbuild is mounting, most islands remain either “undeveloped or tastefully developed.”

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

“Few places on the Atlantic coast are as well preserved as the barrier islands of Georgia. Cumberland Island is managed by the National Park Service, Jekyll Island is a Georgia state park, Sapelo and Ossabaw Islands are largely undeveloped, and even Sea Island and St. Simon’s Island are tastefully developed at low scale and density.”

“Very pretty and low-key. There is some development, but in general it seems to be under control. Beaches are wide and flat, and they slope gently into the water. This makes for relaxing, family-friendly beach activity. Towns can get crowded in high season, but they have retained a sense of cultural identity.”

“Beautiful setting and shaded by abundant live oaks. In addition to beautiful white beaches, the islands offer visitors access to many historic and archaeological sites. There has been pressure to overdevelop, but smart land-use planning has led to a nice mix of preservation and development.”

McGladrey Packages at The King and Prince!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Join us this October as we welcome

The McGladrey Classic to The Golden Isles!


The King and Prince is proud to offer packages that include rooms, tickets to the event and more! Resort guests also receive a special golf rate at The King and Prince Golf Course, home of The Hampton Club.

Wednesday & Thursday, October 6-8 (Two Nights)
-2 Tickets to Thursday and Friday
-Admission for 2 to the Champions Club
-Ocean Front Accommodations

Price: $448

Friday & Saturday, October 8-10 (Two Nights)
-2 Tickets to Saturday and Sunday
-Admission for 2 to the Champions Club and $100 of food and beverage credit

-Ocean Front Accommodations  $574
-Partial Ocean view Accommodations $524

(Rates are based on double-occupancy)

To reserve The McGladrey Package, call reservations at 1-800-342-0212

Enter to Win a Family Vacation at The King and Prince!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Do you have a funny story about a family vacation gone wrong? Become a fan of The King and Prince on Facebook, post your family vacation mishap story on our wall and you could win a 2 night stay in an Oceanfront Beach Villa! Contest ends 8/13/10. This is a $1,000 value!!!

The Ocean Front Villas offer a living/dining room combo as well as two bedrooms and two full baths.

Gale Horton Gay writes about visiting The King and Prince in Champion Newspaper

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Gale Gay recently visited The King and Prince and St. Simons Island.  Her article about her wonderful stay was published in championnewspaper.com.  Read the following article to hear about The King and Prince’s 75 years of history as well as see raving reviews of local establishments, including Gnat’s Landing, Serenity House Tea Society, Sandcastle Cafe & Grill, and the Lighthouse Museum.

Royal treatment extended to all at The King and Prince Resort

It’s a funny thing about our first impressions—sometimes we can be so wrong.

Pulling into the sprawling and palatial The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simon’s Island with its stately soft yellow building and distinctive red tile roofs, I jumped to the conclusion that this historic property would be stuffy and, perhaps, pretentious.

It didn’t take long for me to realize just how wrong I was. The King and Prince is historic all right with 75 years of tradition on Georgia’s Golden Isles. However, it is a relaxed resort, with diverse facilities—including a wide assortment of guest accommodations—and staff who are genial and welcoming. The royal treatment is generously extended to all, which makes this resort an ideal place to stay—whether for a weekend getaway or a longer family vacation.

Interestingly, the King and Prince sits at the end of an ordinary street in a modest neighborhood, which only adds to its charm. It’s like coming upon a hidden jewel. And with its back hugging the Georgia coastline, the Atlanta Ocean is just a stones throw away from the resort’s pool, restaurant, special event spaces and guest rooms.

However, this is no cookie-cutter resort. Its Mediterranean architecture is distinctive, visually enhanced when the sun hits the roof’s red tiles. Guests can choose among 198 rooms in suites, beach villas, cottages and private guest houses. Rooms are sumptuously appointed and bathed in shades of soft yellow and other neutral tones and paired with bold blues or gentle greens.

The property has had a long and colorful history. Opened in 1935 as a seaside dance club, the King and Prince Club grew into the King and Prince Hotel six years later when the main hotel was added. Local historians point out that dance clubs were big back then and when another opened nearby, a rivalry grew. It was destroyed by fire in 1935 and amazingly rebuilt in a mere 60 days—only to be ruined by fire again in the late 1930s.

During World War II, the hotel served as a naval coast-watching and training facility, and there are many intriguing stories about that chapter of its existence. It wasn’t until 1947 that the property returned to usage as a resort. In 2005, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Guests today have the choice of having meals in the Delegal Dining Room (Sunday brunch is spectacular and a bargain at $21.95 per person) with its one-of-a-kind stained glass windows depicting local scenes and history or in the King’s Tavern or at the laid-back Beach Bar and Grill (all have views of the Atlantic Ocean).

And chefs at King and Prince know how to make an event special. In celebration of the resorts 75th anniversary I was fortunate to sample a seven-course dinner with dishes that reflected each decade of the resort’s history and included a Poached Salmon Louis for the 1940s, Escargot in Puff Pastry for the 1960s and Creole Black Grouper for the 1980s. Each dish was something to marvel at before devouring it.

Those with golf on their minds will likely be in a state of anticipation about playing at the recently restored King and Prince Golf Club. Located about 12 miles from the resort, the 18-hole, par 72 golf course presents unique challenges as golfers work their way past forests and through salt marshes, lakes and lagoons. Although I’m not a golfer, a golf cart tour (including more than 800 feet of elevated cart bridges) almost made me want to hit the links.

Back at the resort, there are also four outdoor pools, one indoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness center and massage and reflexology services at The Royal Treatment Cottage. A walk on the beach may require a walk through the neighborhood to reach a nearby park that has easy beach access. The tide is often so high directly behind the resort that the beach there is underwater.

For more information on the King and Prince resort, visit www.kingandprince.com.

Don’t miss things to do/places to eat on St. Simons Island

Shrimping aboard the Lady Jane is a relaxing and fascinating way to spend part of a day. Captain Larry Credle and his crew not only take visitors out for a sea adventure, they also provide a lively and insightful lesson on shrimping and the sea life in St. Simon’s Sound. Credle and company take pride that their excursions take place on a U.S. Coast Guard certified 49-passenger steel vessel that has been retired from active shrimping. Watch as the crew lowers the gear and after a while raises the net with its bounty of shrimp as well as crabs, stingrays, flounder, jellyfish and an assortment of other creatures that the crew is happy to identify. A highlight of the trip is when a pot of shrimp caught the day before are cooked with spices and served hot. The two-hour cruises run $39.95 for adults and $25 for children younger than 6. www.credlesadventures.com. (912) 265-5711.

Gnat’s Landing. Any place that puts equal emphasis on its entertainment and its food and describes itself as “flip-flop” friendly is my kind of place. Located in Redfern Village on the island, Gnat’s Landing offers bar drinks, seafood, sandwiches, salads and specialties such as a Fried Green Tomato Club, Fried Dill Pickles and Vidalia Onion Pie. I suggest that those in search of a lively time get a table on the large side porch where the musicians and singers perform (and there’s plenty of room for dancing). Located at 310 Redfern Village. www.gnatslanding.com. (912) 638-PEST.

Serenity House Tea Society and Shoppe is a lovely tea emporium in the village that carries more than 70 teas from India, Africa, China and South America. The owner and staff are exceeding knowledgeable about the black, green, white and flavored teas and extremely willing to share their knowledge. The shop also sells tea accoutrements such as mugs, teapots, strainers and personal tea bags. Loose teas range from $8 for two ounces to $54 for a half pound. The shop is located at 504 Beachview Drive. www.SerenityHouseTea.com. (912) 638-0381.

Lighthouse Museum and Maritime Center provide a look back to when the lighthouse was part of guarding the coast. Exhibits about the routines and responsibilities of the guardsman who were stationed on the island in the early 1940s are displayed. In the Maritime Center there are seven galleries that are home to exhibits about the beaches, marches and forests as well as the areas’s Coast Guard and military history. The lighthouse grounds also include an 1890 oil house and a Victorian style gazebo. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 4201 First St. www.saintsimonslighthouse.org. (912) 638-4666.

Sandcastle Café & Grill is a great spot for a casual breakfast or lunch. Their $8.35 daily breakfast buffet comes with biscuits, muffins, three kinds of sausage, bacon, corned beef hash, hashbrowns, fruit, tea, coffee and orange juice and made-to-order eggs. Also unlimited pancakes, French toast and waffles. Located at 117 Mallery St. (912) 638-8883.

“St. Simons Still Has It”- A Review from Tripadvisor.com

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I grew up coming to St. Simons Island every year. My family would stay at the K&P or at a condo next to the pier each year. However, the last 12 years we have been going to Destin for our American beach trips. Well, like many of us, that was canceled due to the oil spill. The K&P hotel was just as I remembered it. The pool area and pool food were great. The room was nice with the best views you find on SSI. The of the hotel is ideal.

The quaintness of the island and village were pleasant and relaxing. So different from the commercialized Destin, and Panama City strung up and down the pan-handle that I have grown accustomed too. You sacrifice the clear blue water but you get a better island and better shops and better eating. The waves were a nice change. You just have to get the tide schedule down. I enjoyed the tides b/c it gives you a view that is always changing.

Not the best place for spring breakers but a great place for couples and families.

-written by ramblinman79 from Winder,GA

To read more reviews of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort or to post reviews of your own, visit TripAdvisor.

Lisa Moretti writes about her visit to St. Simons Island and The King and Prince in TravelLady Magazine

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The King and Prince

When Everybody Knew Your Name
Stepping Back in Time on St. Simons Island, GA
by Lisa Moretti

Subheading: If you grew up in a sleepy beach community then you know – there was something charming about a slower pace and friendly wave. St. Simon’s Island, Georgia gives you the chance to turn back time.

Be Home Before the Street Lights Come On
There was nothing quite like warm weather days growing up. If you had a bike, you were gone! As a parent, your only worry was that you could convince your kids to come home or that they didn’t crash in the briar patch. Kids live in a smaller and smaller world today; most parents barely feel comfortable letting their children hang out in the front yard. But, if you want to give your kids the chance to feel the freedom you knew, it’s time to take a vacation to St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Even WWII Spies Couldn’t Ruin It
St. Simons is full of history of course, it’s part of the original colonies; but everywhere you turn history winks at you. The island has been occupied by the Native Americans, Spanish, French, English, even the Nazi’s tried to set up camp; everyone has left their mark whether in a name or a structure. A stroll through Christ Church’s cemetery is a testament to how many people came from near and far and suddenly (but not surprisingly) found the island felt like home. It’s true, German spies during WWII successfully landed on the islands after subs had sunk two Liberty line ships, but they couldn’t go through with their plans to betray the sleepy town.

Today, you can find ruins, artifacts (be sure to give them back), and a peek into days gone by as you explore the island. Out near the Hampton Club, the golf course that belongs to the King and Prince Resort, you can see old walls from an early mill. A visit to the Maritime Museum and Lighthouse offer insight into the changing landscape and beach of the island. A walk around the King and Prince Resort transports you to the days of the 1930s dance clubs, the impact of the war when the resort was a Naval Radar School, and a return to the safe feeling of a 1970s beach community.

Getting Lost But Finding You
St Simons is a small island, so before you grow concerned – it’s tough to actually get lost! Further, there are now wonderful bike trails all over the island that rival Eisenhower’s freeway system. As you are cruising along, be sure to check out those historical markers and take a turn down a street or two. You might find an old plantation or the First African Cemetery hidden down a side road.

There are sea turtles, shrimp, and a whole host of slimy sea creatures waiting to be discovered (if you have kids with you, take a trip out on the Lady Jane shrimp boat – their marine biologist will help pull in the nets and let people safely touch all the different kinds of waterway dwellers – gross out factor +10.) And have some shrimp right there at the landing at Spanky’s.

If you’re visiting kid-free, check out the newly rejuvenated course at the Hampton Club where you can golf surrounded by perfect vistas designed by Joe Lee with the latest course grasses that ensure a great golfing experience. Take in a spa treatment or two over the King and Prince. And at the very least, stop by the resort for a beverage, one of their famous oatmeal muffins, or Chef Robin Gomez’s life-changing shrimp and grits.

In fact, The King and Prince makes for a great homebase. They have a variety of room styles, cabanas, villas and multi-bedroom homes in a relaxed beach-side atmosphere sure to drop your blood pressure. Exploring St. Simons offers you the opportunity to see what makes you smile, try out something new, and enjoy old favorites. When you see something that tickles your fancy on St. Simons, check it out! Ask the residents questions, they’re all proud of their community and happy to share its history. Seize the day for adventure and discovery!

Turning Down the High-Maintenance Meter
Like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, time is slower and flip-flops are expected footwear on the island. Be a local and stop in for breakfast or lunch at the Sandcastle in the Village. Pop over to Redfern where you can stroll the curve, window shop, and try an $8,000 margarita at Bubba Garcia’s. Make sure to catch the sunset (and maybe a Green Flash) down at the pier. It’s all about taking life a little slower and having a little more faith in the people around you.

And, in case you’ve forgotten, when someone lets you in at a roundabout or even when you just pass by on the street – smile and wave…just like you used to when you were a kid.

Getting There: Fly into either Savannah/Hilton Head International or Jacksonville International. Savannah is north of St. Simons Island and Jacksonville is just south across the state line in Florida. Rent a car and expect a drive of about an hour. Bikes are available to rent once you get there.

St. Simons King and Prince Resort: www.kingandprince.com
St. Simons Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: www.explorestsimonsisland.com
Bubba Garcia’s: www.bubbagarcias.com
Lady Jane Shrimp Boat: www.credlesadventures.com

Photos by David A. Monroe – www.damimagist.com

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Memorial Day is on the way…..

Friday, May 14th, 2010

So what are your plans?

Here at The King and Prince we are gearing up for a great kick-off to the summer season. Join us this Memorial day with your family and friends for some R&R at the ocean’s edge.

Relax by one of our 4 outdoor pools, dine poolside at The Paradise Beach Bar & Grill, let us pamper you at The Royal Treatment Cottage and don’t forget to enjoy our great Friday night Seafood Buffet and the Southern Charm Sunday Brunch!

There’s still time to reserve your room for Memorial Day! Reserve today and begin the countdown to fun in the sun at The King and Prince

Enjoy Spring Break at The King and Prince

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Whether you are a couple looking for a break from the stress of work or a family looking for the perfect place to spend some quality time, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is the perfect place to spend a few days and nights!

Come enjoy the mild temperatures of South Georgia at the ocean’s edge. Relax by one of our four outdoor pools and hear the waves crash against the shore.  Take a sand pail and head out to the beach to build sandcastles or collect shells. Chances are you will see a few dolphins as well! Every day is a new adventure here at The King and Prince.

If golf is your game, come out the The newly-restored King and Prince Golf Course-Home of The Hampton Club and play 18 holes on St. Simons newest course! Resort guests receive a special rate of $79! If your game is not up to par, take some private golf lessons with one of our pros! Enjoy the amazing marsh views from our course and grab a bite to eat at our clubhouse. Let us know if you see any gators out in the ponds or lake!

After 75 years, The King and Prince has also added The Royal Treatment Cottage which opened in July of 2009. Let us pamper you with one of our relaxing massage treatments. Our treatments, either traditional or customized are aimed at melting away your aches, pains and stress.

Join us for The Annual King and Prince Easter Egg Hunt!

Celebrate Easter with us at the Annual King and Prince Easter Egg Hunt! This year it will take place on Saturday, April 3rd at 10am on the Solarium Lawn. Children up to age 12 are welcome to attend. This event is for our hotel guests and it is complimentary.  For more information about the Easter Egg Hunt please call the resort concierge at 912-638-3631.

Announcing the Winner of the October Facebook Photo Contest!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Also, News on the November Contest & Kayaking from Maine to The Keys!

We are pleased to announce Don Gilliam as the winner of The King and Prince Facebook Photo Contest!

Dolphin jumping

Don took an amazing shot from his Oceanfront room balcony of a dolphin jumping out of the water. The photo captures what our guests have been telling us for years-that they can literally sit on their balconies and watch the dolphins play. (Just think how lucky those people on the boat were!!) Don will receive a complimentary two night stay at our historic ocean front resort.

We had a tough time choosing a winner as we loved so many of the photos that were submitted.  Michael Gowen of Southeast Adventure Outfitters Kayak-fishingFishposted two different photos from his kayak, one with the hotel in the background the other with a redfish that he had caught. It highlights some of the great activities to which our guests have access to from our hotel. Fishing, kayaking and nature tours! ….I wonder if he threw the fish back?

Laurie uploaded some photos of her family at the King and Prince. I especially love the photo of her husband and son walking on the beach. Family is such an important part of who we are and what the King and Prince represents. So many families from across Georgia come to the ocean’s edge every summer and create lasting memories here at our resort. We are so thankful that they choose our home and St. Simons Island to spend time with their loved ones.

Dad&son

I recently had the opportunity to meet an inspiring young couple- Dan and Bethany Cox. These newlyweds set out on the trip of a lifetime: To Kayak from Lubec, Maine to Key West, this had been a goal of Dan’s since he was a teenager. What they thought would take just a few months has turned into almost a year. With a stop off in Portland, Maine for the winter (I can’t even imagine trying to kayak those cold, New England waters in the winter!) they put their kayaks into the water in May to continue their adventure south. On October 26th, they made it to St. Simons island and took a rest right here at The King and Prince.

Dan and Bethany shared many stories with me….about the kindness of strangers, the lessons they have learned along the way and the amazing memories that have been made throughout their journey.

It made me wonder what memories and stories our guests have about our resort and St. Simons Island. In November we invite you post your favorite memory about The King and Prince or your favorite memory of St. Simons Island. All entries will be entered to win a complimentary two night stay for up to 4 people at our resort. To enter you must first become a fan of The King and Prince and then write away! I know my fellow co-workers and I look forward to reading about everyone’s memories.

PS-Don’t forget to become a fan of The King and Prince and check out Dan and Bethany’s Blog as well! They are in Florida and are so close to their goal of making it to the Keys!

Share Your Photos to Win a Stay

Monday, October 12th, 2009

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is having a photo contest for all of the fans of The King and Prince on Facebook.  During the entire month of October, fans can submit their favorite pictures from their stay at the resort and will have a chance to win a free two-night stay at The King and Prince. The resort offers so many photo opportunities with its breathtaking scenery and endless list of things to do on St. Simon’s Island that it may be hard to pick your favorite photos.

We want you to show-off the great times you’ve been having here at the resort and encourage you to become a fan on Facebook, participate in the contest, and upload as many pictures as you would like. It is a great way to share your unforgettable moments from The King and Prince and to win a free two-night stay.  Check out the photo contest page for more details!