Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island Review
Our family was given a complimentary stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
Jekyll Island is one of eight barrier island groups off the east coast of Georgia. It’s an hour north of Florida and five hours from Atlanta. Clay and sand sediments carried by incoming tides and rivers settle behind the barrier islands to form beautiful salt marshes. The expansive beaches with a bike-friendly community, built alongside live oaks and marshland, make it an amazing destination to visit.
I’ve grown to appreciate our home state of Georgia because of the diverse topography. The oak trees with Spanish moss blowing from the ocean breeze is unlike anything you can find in Florida. Call me biased, but Georgia has beautiful beaches that should be on your bucket list.
Unlike many of America’s shorelines whose beaches and barrier islands are being lost to development, many of Georgia’s islands still retain much of their native wilderness and beauty. The wildlife refugees, nearby state parks and trails attracted us to visit the area and stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island.
A Beach Resort Designed For Families
While I’m very familiar with the Holiday Inn brand, I’m always surprised how their resorts vary depending on location. I can always expect the same quality service and comforts of home, with special touches that are unique to the location.
The Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island feels like an old-school roadside beach destination on the outside, but it’s completely fresh and modern on the inside. Upon check-in, we were greeted with a beautiful ocean view. The resort is located directly on the beach with several access points that are only a few steps away from guest rooms.
Rooms For Families
If you’re a long-term reader, you know our hotel needs have shifted upon having kids. I love that the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island offers several types of rooms – including a kid suites. Notably, they also have pet-friendly rooms and connecting rooms.
Our kid suite was complete with a separate bunk bed area for the kids, pull-out couch and a king bed. There was also a full refrigerator in the kitchenette space. It was clean, comfortable and great for our family. When we’re traveling together, I need a little personal space at the end of the day. I was able to relax on the porch while watching the sun set from our Oceanview suite.
Amenities That Are On Property
Our family explored Jekyll Island in the morning and then relaxed at the resort in the afternoons. While you shouldn’t miss what the area offers, there’s no need to leave the resort if you’re feeling that vacation laziness kick in.
Whether you want to relax in an Adirondack chair, play on the beach or soak up the sun in the pool, they’ve got something for everyone. We spent hours around the pool as a family. They’ve got a pool with a bar area, kiddie pool, playground, grilling areas and fire pits. If you need even more comforts from home, they offer a small business center and fitness area as well.
The Beach House Restaurant
Second to the ocean view, this is what really sells the Holiday Inn Jekyll Island: KIDS EAT FREE AT THEIR RESTAURANT! Upon check-in, you receive kids meal vouchers to redeem at The Beach House. It’s the on-property restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
They offer a full breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner. You can order fresh salads, sandwiches, artisan pizzas and southern favorites. My Shrimp and Grits were delicious while my Husband enjoyed his filet. They also offer a full bar with a great martini menu.
There aren’t an abundant amount of dining options on the island, so it’s nice having a convenient on-property restaurant that you can walk to.
Nearby Jekyll Island Attractions
Jekyll is the perfect weekend getaway. My only regret was not bringing along some bikes. The trails are such a great way to explore the island and experience the views. They’ve got a small shopping area, history museum, golf courses and seasonal waterpark.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a can’t miss activity if you’re traveling with kids. It’s a rehabilitation center that educates guests with interactive exhibits. Our five-year-old and two-year-old both enjoyed watching them feed and clean a sea turtle. Be sure to check their event calendar because your admission is good all day long.
If you’re looking for something “off the beaten path” then you need to check out Horton Pond. You can find the trailhead at the Horton House historical landmark and walk through the woods, on a designated trail, to a pond area. It’s a serene spot that is home to turtles and alligators. Island guests can also sign up for Gatorology classes to learn more about the wildlife at Horton Pond.
Compared to the neighboring islands, Jekyll offers a relaxing retreat that’s perfect for a family getaway. I highly recommend the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island as a great beach destination. I love that the resort is located directly on the water and located in close proximity to the island’s best tourism spots. Follow their social media accounts for up-to-date information and specials.
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