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The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

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Why We Love It

  • All guests receive family passes to the Henderson Beach State Park, a "waterfront Eden" (Travel Channel) with a mile of sugar-sand shoreline
  • The hotel's two pools are heated year-round, and there's also a hot tub on site
  • There's a full-service spa for adults and a kids club with daily outdoor activities and crafts 
  • Bring the family or a couple friends -- room prices are based on four guests

"A stunning beach resort ... right on the powdery-white sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast" -- Southern Living
Enjoyed This
(74 Member Ratings)
"Relaxed and comfortable room and facility, along with the sunset view from our balcony"
Oct 25, 2018
Birmingham, AL, USA

Map & Directions

The Henderson Beach Resort is located about a 40-minute drive from Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport, and an hour's drive from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach. Destin is a 2-hour drive from Mobile, a 4-hour drive from New Orleans and about 5 hours from both Jacksonville and Atlanta. 

Rooms & Rates

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The Henderson Beach Resort, opened in November 2016, has a prime location near the white-sugar sands of what U.S. News & World Report deems the Best Beach in Florida. The resort also sits right next to the 200-acre Henderson Beach State Park with over a mile of additional beachfront.

Room types range from garden-view kings to special spa rooms with private elevator access, premium bath products, clawfoot soaking tubs and separate showers. There are also pool- and Gulf-view rooms as well as lofts and suites. All rooms feature Juliet balconies, pillowtop mattresses, 43-inch flat-panel TVs, coffeemakers and complimentary Wi-Fi.

In addition to the beach access, there are two pools -- one for families with a splash pad and lazy river and the other an adults-only retreat with cabanas available for rent. There's also a kids club with arts, crafts and activities, as well as a fitness center and a full salon and spa.

Dining options include sea-to-table menus at Primrose; cocktails and local beers at the octagon-shaped bar overlooking the Gulf; ice cream sundaes and root beer floats at Sprinkles; and the poolside Sea Level bar and grill, where you can cool off with spiked snow cones and popsicles. 

From the press: 
  • Located on the best beach in Destin, ranked No. 1 in Best Florida Beaches -- U.S. News & World Report
  • "The light-filled modern-yet-coastal accommodations won’t disappoint" -- Southern Living



  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free
  • Steam Room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 25.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.

Extra beds are not available. 

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (call in only) in Garden View Room ONLY, $135.00 (subject to tax) per stay. Includes bed, toy and bowls. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of $29 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.
A $100 plus tax, per night incidental hold will be placed on the debit/credit card provided at check-in.

This fee includes Henderson Beach Resort’s private beach access (snacks and drinks available for purchase), concierge transportation to nearby Destin events and activities including the Destin Marina, Destin Commons, Destin Outlet Mall, Legendry Marina and the Henderson State Park, daily family pass to Henderson State Park, 2-hours of select activities on the resort per stay, business center offering a dedicated concierge to attend to all your business needs (weekdays) and public notary (weekdays).

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Valet Parking for $25.00 (subject to tax) per night, per vehicle or Self-Parking for $15.00 (subject to tax) per night, per vehicle. Charges will be applied to your bill at the hotel. These rates are subject to change at the discretion of the property.

Note: Valet Parking is complimentary when booking the Travelzoo Deal.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(74 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Henderson (Part of Salamander Hospitality) over the past 15 months.
4.9 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.8 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Relaxed and comfortable room and facility, along with the sunset view from our balcony
Ronald Oct 25, 2018 Birmingham, AL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The best part was the ease of all the amenities; there were clean towels, ice water, and an abundance of pool noodles at all times. Our family of 4 enjoyed the lazy river immensely (and frequently). The resort was clean, the picture-perfect beach was just so lovely and warm (we all had a blast body surfing on the provided boogie boards), and the dinner we splurged on at Primrose was delicious (blackened snapper was probably the best, but the grouper and swordfish was also amazing). Little touches, like the butterfly bushes with little clouds of butterflies on the way to the beach, or cooling towels in the gym, really added to an overall feeling of being just a bit spoiled. Having an adults only pool was also nice, occasionally.
Other Comments
We genuinely enjoyed our stay, except for one aspect: their housekeeping services were disorganized. Although they promised twice daily visits to the room (once to clean/refresh, once for turndown), that never happened. We had pseudo turndown service one night (our bed was, but the sofa sleeper was not). One night we arrived back at the hotel after dinner at 8:30, but no turndown, so we told the front desk in person. I watched as the lady got on the walkie-talkie and asked for someone to go to our room and set up the sofa sleeper. Then we waited 45 minutes on the veranda (it was a pleasant night and way to pass the time), and when we went back to the room, no change. We just lowered our expectations at that point, assuming either they were understaffed, were training new people, or overwhelmed with perhaps disaster relief efforts nearby. The room was clean, and that’s the most important part. But with 4 people clearly staying in the room, it would have been nice had they left 4 clean towels (always only 3), and 4 water bottles (one time they left us 4 waters, but only once). The reservation had been made for 4 people, so it wasn’t as if we were trying to be sneaky or anything. We loved everything else about our stay and hope to come again.
Dustin Oct 20, 2018 Westfield, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
The lazy river!
Katia Oct 09, 2018 Atlanta, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The service was amazing! Every staff person is attentive and pleasant. The men tending to the entrance were great with directions and always had a cold bottle of water ready for you when you left or returned to the hotel. The décor of the hotel is stunning and the rooms are beautiful. I loved all of the beautiful granite and fabrics used throughout the resort. Even hanging out in the lobby felt luxurious. There are interesting black and white historical photos of Destin also throughout the resort which are so fun to check out. I loved the adult pool and the lazy river pool. The pool has many cool water features throughout which is nice such as the lights used at night in the lazy river area which change colors from pink, blue, green and white. The beach access is literally steps away at the sister resort and seems very private and exclusive due in part to the fact that the resort is situated next to an environmentally protected area known as Henderson Park. The spa was extraordinary. I had a facial and loved the salt room and lavender showers there. You can enjoy the spa for just $25.00 for the day without a service and it's free with a service. You can enjoy views of the ocean in one room of the spa where guests can have lunch or relax and wait for a service and a gorgeous venetian glass sculpture in the entryway of the spa. I could not believe that bikes, kayaks and paddleboards were part of the resort fee and absolutely complimentary! My boyfriend and I rode bikes to lunch on the beach and went out kayaking in the ocean every day! I was on the paddle board every chance I could get...It was great to know that all of that was there at our fingertips and we didn't have to worry about renting for the day or coordinating with a rental company. The resort also has a cool lawn area where you can play corn hull, hula hoop or throw the Frisbee. We cannot wait to go back and already planning another trip to Destin so we can stay at this beautiful resort!
Other Comments
This is a stunning resort which is comparable to the Ritz but better!
Trudy Oct 01, 2018 Nashville, TN, USA
Enjoyed Most
The entire resort is fabulous. The staff is so friendly and attentive to every detail.
Other Comments
The Henderson is a wonderful, peaceful place to getaway for a weekend or a week. It is by far the best resort we have ever stayed at.
Nancy Sep 23, 2018 Bonaire, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
There are no words for the amazing kindness and professionalism of the wonderful staff at this beautiful resort! The most outstanding were Dottie(Guest Services, Front Desk) Laura(Guest Services, Management/Supervisor) and Olivia (Spa). These wonderful women should be recognized as they are truly the reasons for satisfied guests and repeat visits!
Other Comments
This resort is Gorgeous and Immaculately Clean! It is brilliant and wonderful that adults only were considered in the design with an Adults Only gorgeous pool and hot tub! There is also a beautiful Family pool and lazy river that includes a seasonal outdoor grill and bar! The on site Spa is absolutely beautiful and so conveniently located in the Resort with entrance from the lobby!
Elisa Sep 17, 2018 Birmingham, AL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The pool was perfect for my not so strong swimmers. My husband and I were able to relax the entire time. Service was amazing. The value add they have there is just incredible. We will be back for sure. Best family vacation we have ever had
Other Comments
Do t hesitate this place is incredible for families...also wouldn’t hesitate to go back w just my husband it was delightful and relaxing
jana Sep 05, 2018 Indianapolis, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Spa experience
Lydia Aug 25, 2018 Asheboro, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location next to the Henderson Beach Park.
Other Comments
Sparsely staffed, and the staff they have are not terribly polite. The Beach Walk Cafe was disappointing.
Andrea Aug 25, 2018 Birmingham, AL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Atmosphere and incredible service
Other Comments
This is a must-stay hotel. Super nice, amazing service.
Tim Aug 23, 2018 Houston, TX, USA

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