St. Simons Island boasts a charming resort, The King and Prince, right at the edge of the brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic ocean.
It’s a Mediterranean – style, soft yellow structure, stands proudly and seems to have the words ‘ America’s history ‘ stamped across the front of it.
This year’s 80th birthday showcases the past, when The King and Prince was begun as a popular dance club in 1935, became glamorous hotel in 1941 and was then occupied by the Naval Training Center and Radar Station in WWII, with German U-Boats directly offshore. It became a hotel once more in 1947, after the dust of the world’s fight for freedom had finally settled.
The Hospitality business had never been better.
A most – beautiful woman is subtle, drawing lovers in quietly. And purposefully. I felt the same about The King and Prince. Though it was visually stunning, with marble columns and wide- open spaces to walk through and admire, it was also warm and inviting, like the open arms of a loved one. Instantly welcoming.
The Delegal Dining Room was splendid! Ornate stained glass windows greeted us when we walked inside. Designed in 1938, each of the eleven windows that lead visitors around the room, depict the history that’s stamped across the face of St. Simons Island. Every one of them took my breath away.
The colors were amazing. Because of the time of day, rays of sunshine hit the panels and splayed prisms of the rainbow around the dining room, where we enjoyed a light and healthy lunch, presented by Executive Chef John Palacio.
The King and Prince actually burned to the ground in 1935. It was rebuilt in a few months time. It burned again and arson was suspected each time. Today, it’s effortless beauty is something many other hotels aspire to.