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April 23, 2015

Starwood opens new Westin property in Jekyll Island, US

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened a new 200-room Westin hotel in the Jekyll Island, Georgia, US.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened a new 200-room Westin hotel in the Jekyll Island, Georgia, US.

The Westin Jekyll Island is the cornerstone of Jekyll Island’s Beach Village project that features an ocean front promenade, village green, restaurants, upscale boutiques, Great Dunes Park and the 128,000ft² Jekyll Island Convention Centre.

The five-storey property is owned by Jekyll Oceanfront Hotel (JOFH), a joint venture formed by real estate development Leon N Weiner & Associates and independent third-party hotel manager New Castle Hotels and Resorts.

"The Westin Jekyll Island is the cornerstone of Jekyll Island’s Beach Village project that features an ocean front promenade, village green, restaurants, upscale boutiques, Great Dunes Park and the 128,000ft² Jekyll Island Convention Centre."

Leon N Weiner and Associates president Dave Curtis said: "Coupled with the convention center, The Westin Jekyll Island makes this cherished barrier island a best-in-class destination and a first-choice option for meeting planners who prefer to keep their meetings in state, or within the region."

It includes an upscale and casual restaurant The Reserve that offers different dining options and Salty’s poolside bar and café for cocktails and lighter food, as well as 5,260ft² of modern meeting and banquet facilities, outdoor venues and resort-style outdoor pool.

Designed by LLW Architects of Memphis, the U-shaped, beachfront hotel also meets the standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification to minimise the hotel’s impact on the barrier island’s sensitive surroundings.

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The 8,750 cubic yards of concrete used in the construction were sourced from a plant in Brunswick, which is only 15 miles from the site. Westin’s brand room design specifications are 60% more sustainable than conventionally built guest rooms.

The Westin Jekyll Island provides high-speed internet access and an ergonomic workspace for travellers, as well as the brand’s Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and exclusive White Tea Aloe bath amenities.

Starwood’s Sheraton and Westin brand management vice-president Bob Jacobs said: "The Westin Jekyll Island is a terrific new addition to the Westin brand’s growing portfolio and provides a restful retreat for travellers on one of the most beautiful barrier islands in the US.

"This spectacular new Westin hotel showcases all of the brand’s services and amenities designed to inspire wellbeing within close proximity of the area’s premier convention facility, as well as a variety of attractions."

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