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April 23, 2015
A new Westin hotel has opened on Georgia's famed barrier island, Jekyll Island, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced yesterday.

An anchor of Jekyll Island's Beach Village project -- which includes an oceanfront promenade, village green, restaurants, upscale boutiques, Great Dunes Park, and the 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center -- the new beachfront hotel has 200 guest rooms, three restaurants, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and 5,260 square feet of meeting space.

"This hotel was purpose built to be a catalyst in the revitalization of Jekyll Island," said Dave Curtis, president of Leon N. Weiner and Associates, one of the hotel's owners. "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."

In the spirit of protecting Jekyll Island, the hotel was designed to LEED Silver specifications and was built with concrete sourced from a plant in Brunswick, GA, just 15 miles from the site.

"Jekyll Island is known for its thoughtful stewardship of the island's environment and its storied past," said David Buffam, CEO of New Castle Hotels and Resorts, another of the hotel's owners. "That's why the Westin brand, with its emphasis on well-being and careful handling of natural resources, was the only choice for this one-of-a-kind project. I know that this combination of location, premium convention facilities, and well-chosen hotel brand will resonate with leisure travelers and meeting planners in search of a destination that satisfies the mind, body, and soul."