Jun152015

Westin Jekyll Island sea turtle night lights

Westin Jekyll Island is the newest hotel open on Georgia’s Golden Isles State Park of Jekyll Island, near Brunswick. My visit happened on a June evening when sunset was around 8:00pm. The eco-design of the Westin Jekyll Island, and Beach Island retail shopping district and convention center includes sea turtle friendly low level night lighting for the beachfront hotel. The hotel opened in April 2015.

Westin Jekyll-exterior-1

The outdoor pool is fenced and adjacent to a patio bar and café to the left of the Westin hotel building seen in the photo.

Brunswick NewsA hallelujah moment on Jekyll Island Westin Jekyll Island (April 21, 2015) – Brunswick, Georgia

Jekyll Beach Island

Beach Village retail center is still mostly unoccupied. The sidewalks are in place with night lighting on a paved path with beach access boardwalks.

Jekyll Beach Village

This real estate development in Jekyll Island State Park managed land is one of the major developments of Jekyll Island in recent years with the Westin Hotel, a small retail with space for about a dozen shops and a convention center for groups up to 2,000 people for meetings, 4,000 for theater and up to 6,000 for receptions.

Jekyll convention center

There are not many developed areas on the 8 square miles of Jekyll Island and this is a major tourism draw to have a conference center for the hotels. Westin Jekyll Island has 187 rooms with 13 suites. A couple miles down the road to the north are Holiday Inn Resort and Quality Inn. Days Inn and Hampton Inn are south of the Westin Hotel.

Westin Jekyll entrance     Westin Jekyll front

Westin Jekyll lobby     Westin Jekyll lobby-2

The hotel had a new hotel vibe. Employees were friendly and welcoming.

Walking around showed me a computer station in the lobby, a large patio area, a fitness center with beach view, and outdoor pool with café and bar.

There is a rooftop bar with ocean views I missed. A private function was happening there at the time I was visiting the hotel. Hotel photo gallery of Westin Jekyll Island are available from hotel website.

Westin Jekyll Harry's at the Reserve

The hotel is located at the beach.

Westin Jekyll beach

Hotel interior is modern and the place gives off a business vibe in a resort setting. Here are random photos of pool, outdoor restaurant space, and lobby interior.

Westin computer     Westin hallway

Westin hall-2     Westin Concierge

Fitness Center and pool have a bathroom with lockers and showers and Salty’s café and bar beside the pool.

Westin pool    Salty's

Westin’s restaurants include Salty’s for casual dining and bar at pool side. The main restaurant – The Reserve – is on the opposite side of the hotel.

Westin Reserve-1     Westin-Reserve-2

Westin Jekyll Island sea turtle night lights on The Reserve outside patio.

This newly opened hotel is a great addition for a relaxing Jekyll Island beach getaway on the Georgia Barrier Islands.

Westin Jekyll Island is SPG Category 5 at 12,000 points per night.

Peak Season

5/21/2015 – 8/9/2015 at 16,000 points per night.

Westin Jekyll Island sign

 

Loyalty Traveler Road Trip Orlando to Knoxville June 4-9, 2015

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Wow. Clicked on your article because of the title, expecting to read about turtles. Not about a hotel that “gives off a business vibe in a resort setting”

    Booo…..

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