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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)
"We enjoyed the lazy river at the pool, the beach, and the kind and helpful staff."
05. Jan 2019
Nashville, TN, 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 two-hour drive from Mobile, a four-hour drive from New Orleans and about five hours from both Jacksonville and Atlanta. 

Rooms & Rates

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The Henderson Beach Resort 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 Pool and Gulf View rooms, as well as lofts, vacation rental units and suites. All rooms feature Juliet balconies, pillowtop mattresses, 43-inch flat-screen 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, a full salon and luxurious Salamander Spa. Dining options include sea-to-table menus year-round at multiple outlets. 

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



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • 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 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Cot 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 US$29 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.
A US$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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

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
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed the lazy river at the pool, the beach, and the kind and helpful staff.
Ariel 05. Jan 2019 Nashville, TN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Everything about this hotel has been thoroughly considered with the comfort of their guests in mind. The customer service was exceptional and the hotel was impeccably clean. The food in both restaurants was delicious and the view from our room was peaceful and beautiful. We can't wait to go back!
Sara 04. Jan 2019 Atlanta, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
View, lobby, first class room & great service!
Hugh 03. Jan 2019 Cantonment, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff
Vasken 02. Jan 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA
Other Comments
Staff was very friendly.
Jamone 30. Dec 2018 Owens Cross Roads, AL, USA
Other Comments
It was off season so all dining was in the Horizons Lounge, the food and atmosphere were great.
Barbara 30. Dec 2018 Coral Springs, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Rodney 24. Nov 2018 Arcanum, OH, USA
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed and comfortable room and facility, along with the sunset view from our balcony
Ronald 25. Oct 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 20. Oct 2018 Westfield, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
The lazy river!
Katia 09. Oct 2018 Atlanta, GA, USA

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