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The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

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Why We Love It

  • Temperatures during winter in Destin remain in the 60s and flights are often cheaper December-February 
  • 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
  • Bring the family or a couple friends -- room prices are based on four guests

Enjoyed This
(116 Member Ratings)
"Everything was done with such quality- not one detail was missed."
Mar 11, 2018
Roscoe, IL, 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. 

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The Henderson Beach Resort, which opened in November 2016, has a prime location near the white sugar sands of what U.S. News & World Report deems Florida's No. 2 Best Beach. 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 a kids club with an arts, crafts and activities, 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 Levels bar and grill, where you can cool off with spiked snow cones and popsicles. 



  • 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


  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 25.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child up to age 3. 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. 

Fees: A $100.00 (subject to tax) per night incidental hold will be applied by the hotel.

A resort fee of $29.00 (subject to tax) per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out. 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: A Valet Parking Fee of $25.00 (subject to tax) or a Self-Parking Fee of $15.00 (subject to tax), per night, per vehicle applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

NOTE: If you purchase the Travelzoo Deal valet parking is complimentary.

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.

Enjoyed This
(116 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Henderson (Part of Salamander Hospitality) over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.7 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Everything was done with such quality- not one detail was missed.
Dorota Mar 11, 2018 Roscoe, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Pools and food
Other Comments
The deal was for garden room. We tried to upgrade and couldn’t. Turns out garden room view was roof and parking lot. That was extremely disappointing
Bea Feb 23, 2018 Roswell, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The casual elegance of the property
Karen Feb 21, 2018 Southport, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxing and comforting atmosphere. Beautiful décor. Excellent beds...comfortable
Shelly Feb 20, 2018 Sanford, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Entire hotel is top drawer!
James Feb 16, 2018 Chapin, SC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Not crowded, great room, super nice people
Other Comments
Love that they will drive you to restaurants
Diane Feb 17, 2018 Sebastian, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Service, Pool Area, Beach, Location
Other Comments
Wonderful Resort - a real treasure in that part of Florida.
Sean Sep 06, 2017 Atlanta, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
location and hospitality
Other Comments
Microwaves are needed for use
Nov 01, 2017 Knoxville, TN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Pool complex, view from the rooftop and support services
Other Comments
The entire staff was very helpful , provided local information, where to go, how to get there and back. Overall great place to stay!
Steven Oct 12, 2017 Auburn, AL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Spa, food, service... all excellent.
Micheal Dec 30, 2017 Birmingham, AL, USA

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