JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.  (March 5, 2019) – – As the amount of time spent on digital devices increases, causing concern about the effects of constant connection, Westin Jekyll Island launched a new Cell Phone Valet encouraging young guests to give their devices a rest.

Guests of the Westin Jekyll Island now can park their devices with the hotel concierge in custom sleeping bags.  Devices will be recharged while their owners do the same, engaging in whatever inspires them.  Instead of paying to park their phone, guests will receive up to $10 in resort credits.

Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia demonstrate how much fun they had unplugging.

“Kids as young as eight spend as much as six hours a day with their eyes glued to their devices,” said Kevin Baker, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.  “We want to encourage guests, especially kids, to fully engage with their surroundings while they’re here on Jekyll Island.   Whether they unplug to relax, play, explore, or just talk to each other – it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that they put the devices down and participate in the world around them.”

Westin Jekyll Island and 18 students from the Needwood Middle School Boys and Girls Club launched the new program in conjunction with National Day of Unplugging, an annual, 24-hour global respite from technology.  Students parked their cell phones and took part in a guided tour of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  Following the excursion, the students went to the hotel for an ice cream social and a chance to make and share selfie statements about their unplugged adventure.

“Families come to Jekyll Island to relax and enjoy the outdoors and the island’s incredible natural resources.  Our friends from the Boys and Girls Club used the National Day of Unplugging to show everyone how it’s done,” said Baker.

“The Westin brand is recognized world wide for its emphasis on wellness and relaxation,” Baker added.  “With our Cell Phone Valet, guests and their devices get the chance to unplug, and recharge.  It’s what vacations are all about.”