St. Simons Island has so much to offer and we want to share it with you! This is the final installment in our popular “ABC’s of St. Simons Island” blog series. Click the links to view The ABC’s of St. Simons Island Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.
W. Whimsical– There is no place like St. Simons Island. Residents and visitors will tell you this time, and time again. The Tree Spirits on the moss-draped oaks and the island’s love for the arts are just a few of the ways the island will show you it’s whimsical side.
X. RelaX– Ok, so we know it doesn’t start with the letter “X” but who can deny the feeling of relaxation that you get as soon as you step foot onto the island? Hit the beach, pull up a chair and listen to the waves lapping at the shore. Need some more R&R? Head over to The Royal Treatment Cottage for a massage!
Y. Youth– Whether you are young, or young at heart, St. Simons Island will bring out your younger side. Get back to the basics, turn off your electronics and take a bike ride past coastal creeks, try your hand at crabbing by the pier or try skim-boarding.
Z. Zoom!– Zoom and zip your way around the island in your own (rented) golf cart. It is the best way to see and experience our coastal town. High Tide Carts offers 4 and 6 passenger carts for rent from 1 hour up to 7 days!
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the ABC’s of St. Simons Island as much as we have enjoyed writing about it. To find out more about the island, hotels and activities, visit our website.
Our new bath & body line is produced by Salacia Salts from Savannah, GA. Founded in 2012 by Cari Phelps, the company prides itself in using environmentally responsible ingredients and packaging. All products are free of sulfates, colorants and parabens and are packaged in recycled material. Their products include salt soaks, moisturizers, body scrubs and cleansers that come in scents like Georgia Peach, Southern Pecan, Magnolia and Midnight Garden.
We are also featuring soy candles from Southern Soy Candle in Metter, GA. Their custom-blend candles are natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. Their candles come in wonderful southern scents like Georgia Peaches, Cotton Blossom, Savannah Magnolia and Creamy Praline Cream.
These products are available for purchase from the Royal Treatment Cottage. Stop by to test them out the next time you are at the resort! The Royal Treatment Cottage provides massage therapies to resort guests as well as the public.
When you are embraced by the majesty of the Tower Room, or open your balcony door, you will feel as if you’re on top of the world; you can almost sense the legends and hear the past. By being in the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, you stand in the middle of history. You can imagine those first visitors in 1935 as they came in droves to enjoy the seaside dance club; you will sense the feel the pride and loyalty when, in the 1940s, the King and Prince served as a naval coast-watching and training facility during World War II.
And when you step outside the next day, after an amazing breakfast at The King’s Tavern, you can hop on the St. Simon’s Trolley and head to the historic Lighthouse. You can embark on a tour that will bring you into the intriguing and mystical Christ Church, which traces its origins all the way back to 1776. The magnificent wooded grounds enclose a cemetery of the earliest settlers to St. Simon’s – settlers that have tales to tell of battles, life and love. Then on to Fort Frederica for a history lesson to the extreme, where you will learn the monumental place this island holds in American history. From outdoor activities to the numerous unique shops and art galleries, a tour of St. Simons is an experience you will want for days on end.
Kindness surrounds you…
With a staff of amazing, friendly people who wish nothing more than for you to have the vacation of a lifetime, you will be constantly pampered. From massages in our Royal Treatment Cottage to relaxing with coffee in the elegant atrium lobby before heading out for the Friday Evening Seafood Buffet in the oceanfront Delegal Room – the historic centerpiece of the Resort – featuring original stained glass panoramas depicting scenes from St. Simons rich history and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean…the King and Prince staff offers nothing but warmth and charm.
The historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is the only luxury hotel on beautiful and charming St. Simons Island, GA, located 60 miles north of Jacksonville, FL; 65 miles south Savannah, GA. It is situated at the southeast end of St. Simons Island, where the island’s best beaches are. There’s so much going on at King and Prince that their activities merit a separate article.
Now in its 76th year, the King and Prince is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America.
On arrival, we were greeted at a hotel reception desk and shown to our room. The room was spacious and very well furnished with a comfortablesofa, coffee table, a work desk with two chairs, a big flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a room safe and a bed, of course. The bathroom was huge and the toiletries provided were beautifully presented in environmentally friendly packaging.
There was also a small balcony with two chairs and a table. This was very
comfortable both for snacking and for being able to use our computers outside. The resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout so this was very handy, as it enabled both of us to go online at the same time.
For those who don’t take their own computers everywhere with them, the resort also provides a business center where guests can go online using the resort’s computers, which are equipped with printers in case you need to print anything out.
During the check-in process we were given an attractive map of the resort to help us get oriented. As well as the guest accommodation, there are several public areas for guests to eat, drink, and play, or just sit quietly enjoying the superb views of the white sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.
There is an array of guest accommodations (including seasonal and special discounts) for every style and budget:
Resort Guest Rooms: Located in the historic buildings with ocean, partial ocean or resort views, the resort’s most economically-priced guest rooms offer one king or two queen beds, yet offer the luxurious décor.
Beach Villas and Guesthouses: These two- and three-bedroom villas offer a patio or balcony with either an ocean front or partial ocean view, combining living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen with place settings for eight. Both the North and South Villas include their own pools and separate gated parking areas.
Resort Residences: The King and Prince presents these seven gracious Guest Homes, each with its own highly unique ambiance and features.
The resort has three swimming pools: A heated indoor pool and hot tub, and two outdoor pools.
The historic Delegal Room, famed for its stunning stained glass window murals and ocean vistas, hosts the resort’s “Southern Charm Sunday Brunch” as well as the Legendary Friday Night Seafood Buffet and other holiday buffets.
The other restaurants:
The Atrium Café Opens daily at 6:30 a.m., featuring Freshly Brewed Starbucks Premium Coffees, Tazo Teas, fresh fruit, pastries, juices and energy drinks. Allowour baristas to assist you in your wake up process each morning;
The King’s Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers the only ocean front dining on St. Simons Island. Offering a delicious selection of fresh local delights, dine ocean side choosing from chef inspired soups, salads and sandwiches or try the signature Low Country Shrimp & Grits,
Paradise Beach Bar and GrillOpen daily at 11:00 a.m. March through October weather permitting. This is where island time truly begins and where food and fun become one. This is ocean front dining at its best. Enjoy an ultra-casual lunch with a wide variety of choices, as well as their signature cocktails like the King & Prince Lifesaver or the Confusion in Paradise.
The Royal Treatment
For those who like being pampered there is the award-winning Royal Treatment Cottage, which offers a wide variety of treatments. Most of the treatments are derived from traditional Eastern traditions dating back thousands of years and given a contemporary take. You can choose from the custom cottage, Swedish, therapeutic or sports-specific treatment, as well as reflexology and aromatherapy.
The setting is an historic beach cottage on the resort grounds just steps from the sands and seabreezes of the Atlantic. Here an intimate seaside retreat has been created where the utmost attention is given to experiences that soothe and treatments that rejuvenate.
The front porch with its comfy chaises invite you into the calming atmosphere inside where the casual warmth and refreshing decor of a quaint beach cottage are right at home with its indulgent and therapeutic elements. A fireside relaxation lounge, changing cabanas and quiet treatment rooms all ensure a tranquil experience. And while at The Royal Treatment Cottage for their treatments, guests enjoy the use of robes, sandles and totes for personal belongings. Complimentary bottled water is provided with juices and teas available.
As you can see, the resort has everything for those seeking tranquility and, as you’ll also see from my next articles about leisure activities and dining at the King and Prince, there’s lots to do. However, it’s worth a mention that the resort does not only cater to vacationers. You can also do business in this amazing environment.
There is more than 10, 000 sq. ft. of ocean front meeting, conference and function space, with premier catering, wedding, and special event services. The Sydney Lanier Ballroom can accommodate 70 to 350 people and offers teleconferencing, as well as state-of-the-art audio and video facilities.
Finally, it’s definitely worth mentioning the staff. The staff was truly excellent. They did everything they could to ensure the comfort of their guests, and I really couldn’t praise them highly enough.
I had spent four days at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, GA, fine dining at a fantastic hotel restaurants, touring the island and making new friends with the local residents I met in the village. My nights were spent in the newly renovated room cushioned in a king-sized bed in the resort’s Oceanfront Building featuring dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the resort’s pools and the Atlantic Ocean.
On this last day I sat alone on the steps leading to the beach on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. In the pre-dawn darkness, a cup of coffee in hand, I anxiously waited to greet the day.
The clear, starry sky had whispers of clouds. The air was absolutely silent, but filled with the salty smell of the sea. The deep purple night gradually gave way to shades of red. Day was at last beginning.
As the sun rose, the first sight was the arc of yellow shimmered on the ocean like an impressionist’s painting. Sea birds and people seemed to show up at the same time. I caught sight of baby dolphins coming up for air as they made their way out to sea with the ebbing tides. Flocks of geese made their way north in their famous v-formations. It was the perfect end to a perfect vacation.
All in all, if you’re planning a luxury holiday in the Georgia Sea Islands I suggest you look a bit further than the usual well-known haunts and give St. Simons a try. And if you do decide to visit St. Simons, then where better to stay than the King and Prince Resort?
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is located on historic St. Simons Island in Georgia and is easily accessible by either car or air. Island exits from I-95 are just 15 minutes from St. Simons. The Jacksonville International Airport is just 60 miles away and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is less than 70 miles away. Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is a quick 20-minute drive, with three incoming Delta Connection flights daily.
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
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Royal Treatment Cottage
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
The Royal Treatment Cottage at The King and Prince Resort was a featured spa on the Florida Spa Girls site and can be viewed here.
Royal Treatment at the King & Prince
Indulge yourself and pamper your friends or significant other at the historic King & Prince on St. Simons Island, GA. Allow licensed massage therapists to work the kinks and tension out of your overwrought muscles in the Royal Treatment Cottage. Choose from an array of individualized treatments: massages include; aromatherapy, sports-specific, or side-by-side for couples and custom therapies. Reflexology is also available.
Revitalize from the inside out along the shore, only steps from the sand and the Atlantic sea breeze. The historic beach cottage on the King & Prince Resort offers a tranquil experience to bathe in relaxation and rejuvenation. The front porch offers comfortable chaises where you can soak in the ambience of being treated royally with comfy robes and sandals while sipping herbal tea or juice as you forget the outside world. Imbibe your palate with a light lunch at the cottage along with your massage treatment. They are happy to accommodate your group for customized parties; birthday, anniversary wedding shower, baby shower or graduation!
From June 12 through August 14, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort are offering a Royal Treatment Package. The package includes: your choice of Resort Accommodations; (1) 60-minute massage per person, or Side-by-Side for two, (gratuities additional); more treatments may be added (for additional cost); Advance reservations for massage are required; Rates from $355/night. 1-800-342-0212 or visit their website at: http://www.kingandprince.com/
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.