With a breathtaking location on the powdery white beaches and crystal clear, emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, The Henderson is Destin’s newest — and most luxurious — beachfront resort. Referencing the area’s nautical history, the resort combines the timelessness of a seaside manor with the best modern luxuries, authentic experiences and exceptional services that are hallmarks of all Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Wooden shingles and gabled rooflines complement the tall dunes and coastal shrub of Henderson Beach State Park, the 200-plus acre preserve that abuts the western edge of the property. Guests can take in sweeping panoramic and sunset views from Horizons bar, one’s private balcony or Sunset Vista, the rooftop terrace. The resort may be close to the area's shopping, restaurants, arts and sports, yet it feels miles away from the din. A destination for vacations, romantic retreats, girlfriend getaways and special events, The Henderson in Destin is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and celebrate.
The Henderson’s spacious 170 guest rooms and eight suites deliver an exceptional level of luxury with tasteful furnishings, plush bedding, first-rate amenities including Nespresso machines and a palette inspired by the coastal setting. Gulf-view rooms proffer unobstructed vistas of the park and across the emerald water. Roomy bathrooms offer double vanities, separate showers with rainshower heads and soaking tubs with shuttered windows that open to the view.
Among the five dining spots, Primrose, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers five-star service, beautiful views and inspired cuisine. The freshest seafood available can be found in the ever-changing, dock-to-table menu and in creative rolls from the Sushi Bar. For a taste of classic Destin, Dewey Destin’s Harborside serves up familiar steamed and fried seafood platters as well as several catches of the day.
The Salamander Spa boasts 11 treatment rooms, a whirlpool, experiential shower and a stream room. Therapists take a holistic, personalized approach with each client. Henderson’s Dreams combines the best of all treatments in 90 serene minutes — aromatherapy, mineral salt scrub, hot stone massage and foot massage — plus a relaxing cocoon wrap. At the adults-only pool, luxurious cabanas with beverage service provide a quiet spot to lounge.
A variety of activities for every interest includes biking, a fitness center and a family pool with splash pad and lazy river. Steps away on its private beach, guests can stroll along the shoreline, explore the park or enjoy the water in a kayak. More adventurous types will watch for dolphins from atop paddleboards from YOLO Board, a local favorite that makes its own line of custom paddles and boards.
200 Henderson Resort Way
Destin, FL 32541
Drive: 447 miles
Photographs courtesy of The Henderson