The King and Prince Resort
An Elegant Beachfront Resort in Georgia
The King and Prince Beach by Mary Jo Plouf
St.Simons Island has been part of the changing landscape of Georgia’s coast since the days when the early tribes hunted and fished in this beautiful and bountiful area. During the later part of the 1700’s a thriving plantation society was established. The War Between the States destroyed most of the old plantations and agriculture was followed by the booming timber industry. As early as 1870, due to its pleasant climate and proximity to the sea, tourists started to be drawn to the area. Today, the island supports a thriving tourist industry which continues to grow and develop at many levels.
The elegant King and Prince resort was originally established in 1935 as a private club rather than a resort. Several months after it was established, a fire destroyed most of the original structure. It was immediately rebuilt featuring the lovely Mediterranean architecture for which it is famous today.
The club’s fashionable parlors, bar, ballroom ladies’ lounge, card room, outdoor palm garden and elaborate beachfront boardwalk quickly established its reputation for elegance and warm hospitality. In 1938, the famous King and Prince stained glass windows, depicting classic scenes from St. Simons’ history, were installed. These beautiful pictorials, designed by Highpoint Glass and Decorative Company, are a revered piece of the Resort’s heritage.
In 1941, following the addition of 110 guest rooms, the King and Prince was officially opened as a resort hotel. Each state-of-the-art -room, had been constructed to afford guests the best views of the ocean and to take full advantage of the delightful ocean breezes. The grace and the charm of the Resort and the careful and personal tending of each guest’s needs made the King and Prince a choice beach vacation destination. It remains so today.
Over the years many renovations and additions have been made to the hotel. There are now eight ocean front cabanas with patios and ocean front views. A Wellness cabin and Spa is another popular addition. The Resort has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. A keen sense of history is often expressed by those families who come here, some in their third generation, for return visits. A quiet moment on a beach swing or a stroll among shells on the beach are all moments repeated and enjoyed time and time again at this very special Kingdom by the Sea.
A recently renovated and popular addition to the Resort is the King and Prince Golf Course. This scenic and challenging 18-hole, par 72 -course is renowned for its ancient forests, vast salt marches and dramatic island holes. The four signature holes are carved from small coastal marsh islands and accessed by 800 feet of elevated cart bridges. The holes, interspersed with giant sprawling live oaks draped with Spanish moss, lakes and lagoons, are designed so that they may be enjoyed by players of all levels.
The variety of activities available at the King and Prince make it an excellent choice for families. The miles of smooth sand beaches and gentle surf allow families to play together in a safe environment. The King and Prince also has five pools and several tennis courts available for guests. The proximity of the Village shopping area, family restaurants, the lighthouse and nearby nature trails all contribute to family fun. For those who want to see more of the area, tours can be arranged to Jeckyll Island, Savannah, Amelia Island or other nearby points of interest.
The King and Prince is also an ideal choice for special family occasions including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and graduations. Many families return year after year to create special memories.
Also an important aspect of the King and Prince hospitality is the special attention given to corporate events and conferences. Their state-of-the-art business center can accommodate groups on any size. On-site gourmet restaurants make dining a special event without leaving the hotel. The complete fitness center and wellness cottage spa help busy business people relax after a long day of work.
This special luxury resort on Georgia’s East Coast offers the best of everything for discerning travelers whether they are traveling for business or purely for a special holiday.
For more information visit www.kingandprince.com or call 800-342-0212.
For Golf Course Information visit www.hamptonclub.com.
The King and Prince Golf Course
on 25 June 2011.
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