Jekyll Island, Georgia is known for being a respite from the larger beach towns in Florida, a quiet community for families. A few years ago, there were only a handful of hotels, rental houses, and campgrounds, but on my most recent visit, I stayed at the newly opened Westin Resort Jekyll Island.
Located next to the Jekyll Island Convention Center, the property had only been open for a few weeks when I arrived for the Nest Fest, a yearly event where rehabilitated sea turtles are released back into the wild.
Rooms at the Westin Jekyll Island
The sizable resort is the second largest on the island after the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The rooms are what I’d experienced in other Westin properties, down to the Heavenly beds and lit headboards. Bathrooms include plush bathrobes and quality toiletries.
A built-in closet provides plenty of space for your belongings. Among the over 180 guest rooms and 13 suites, many include a balcony and most have oceanview rooms. WiFi is available in rooms, but for a fee.
The island was once the stomping grounds of the rich and famous, so there are plenty of activities that reflect it. The resort has an onsite pool and beach access, as well as a golf course further away. The hotel has many meeting rooms for events as well as their Tangent space to help you get work done, even on island time.
The fitness center faces the ocean and this property offers the New Balance lending program so you can borrow running shoes and gear for a jaunt down the trail along the water. Bike rentals are also on offer, as are electric cars to get around. They’re both good for accessing the village, Driftwood Beach, and The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
Eating at the Westin Jekyll Island
Dining at the Westin Resort Jekyll Island includes healthy menus that keep you feeling great. The Reserve is the main restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a bar. The SuperFoods and gluten-free menu options are available for special diets and they also have a juice bar.
Salty’s Oceanside is the casual poolside dining offering American favorites like hamburgers and chicken fingers, but don’t be in a hurry here. Harry’s at the Reserve is a rooftop bar of sorts, overlooking the beach. And while it wasn’t yet open during my stay, Uncle Vance’s Coffee Shop is named for a colorful local.
The Westin is also within a complex that has many restaurants. Others are a short bike ride away on the path that runs alongside the ocean.
Staying at the Westin Jekyll Island
The Westin Jekyll Island is located at 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527. It’s located in a shopping district straight ahead through the roundabout as soon as you get off the causeway. It’s within walking distance of the island’s only gas station and Dairy Queen and parking is included with your stay.
My stay at the Westin Jekyll Island was organized by Starwood Hotels and Daly Gray PR.