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The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

Karl Klockars
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Why We Love It

  • A brand-new family-friendly resort on one of Florida's best beaches 
  • The Henderson is part of a family of resorts that includes the "World's Best" Hammock Beach (Travel + Leisure)
  • Five dining options, including a sushi bar and an old-time ice cream shop
  • Located next to a 200-acre nature preserve with an additional 6000 feet of pristine beachfront

100% (21 Member Ratings)

"Everything was impeccable - brand new and luxurious. The pool area was perfect for families, and we especially enjoyed lunch at the pool bar each day. Service was amazing, beds were the most comfortable we've ever had in a hotel."
Jun 19, 2017
Smyrna, GA, United States

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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Following the success of the Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia -- regularly named one of the best resorts in the south by readers of Conde Nast Traveler -- the Salamander group adds a new member to its family: the Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, Forida. 

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 -- and all guests receive a family pass to the park included with their resort fee.

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, meaning there's a space that works for a romantic Gulf getaway, family trip or business travel. 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, as well as a fitness center with reasonably priced classes including yoga, barre and Zumba. There resort also offers 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 check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check-in: 25.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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 $200.00 (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 select the Travelzoo Deal then Self-Parking is included.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

It is the responsibility of the hotel chain and/or the individual property to ensure the accuracy of the photos displayed. Travelzoo is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the photos.

100% Positive
(21 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Henderson (Part of Salamander Hospitality) over the past 15 months.
5.0 Ambiance
4.7 Location
5.0 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Everything was impeccable - brand new and luxurious. The pool area was perfect for families, and we especially enjoyed lunch at the pool bar each day. Service was amazing, beds were the most comfortable we've ever had in a hotel.
Lindsey Jun 19, 2017 Smyrna, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The pools and the fitness room.
Other Comments
I think that the front desk could have given us a better room since we arrived at 9am and they would have had a much happier guest.
Donald Jun 15, 2017 Eatonton, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The hotel and patios were great! They were very nice and well maintained. I was very disappointed and felt misled about the beach access. The pictures you see make it look like the resort is on the beach when in reality it is across the street and down a little ways. I felt very misled.
Other Comments
The pool (both the adult only and the family one) were very nice, great temperatures and good music.
Kristin Jun 13, 2017 Houston, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
the private beach
BARBARA Jun 13, 2017 Sugar Land, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
The resort was beautiful and clean
Other Comments
Housekeeping personal did not speak English, they did not come at a constant time, one day it was 4:30 and they still had not cleaned our room. Had to ask to have room cleaned, one day they did not lock our room when they were finished cleaning. TV selection very poor for the type of resort, tv guide on tv was not correct. The pool servers kept asking if you wanted anything, it got to be ongoing. We have gone to many Sandles resorts and If you want something you put your flag up for service. Try something like that.
Mary Jun 11, 2017 Lawrenceville, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The service was second to none. The staff is well trained and seem to take pride in every task. A grand facility.
Other Comments
The beach is a L O N G way from your room. Beach chairs and umbrella rentals are $50+ tax and tips per day!!!
Randy Jun 10, 2017 Smyrna, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
We loved the Area, the layout of the hotel, and the scenery. Access to the beach is great.
Other Comments
Overall, we had a FANTASTIC experience. From the time we arrived to the time we left, it was an enjoyable experience. Staff was friendly. The DJ at the pool was fabulous and played great music. Housekeeping issues identified were handled appropriately.
Wanda Jun 03, 2017 Stone Mountain, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
This resort is absolutely amazing. Everything is top notch. Anything you could want for is there on site. The staff are over the top-- they cater to your every need. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and they made it truly a special time. We will return for sure!
Other Comments
Gavin, a waiter at Sea Level, went above and beyond. He has a great personality and makes you feel right at home. His knowledge of the area and willingness to get to know us and our likes and dislikes made an amazing stay even more fabulous.
Ron Jun 03, 2017 Fairview, TN, United States
Enjoyed Most
the service
barbara Jun 02, 2017 Madisonville, TN, United States
Enjoyed Most
The service! Everyone was so friendly, helpful and attentive!
farah May 30, 2017 Houston, TEXAS, United States

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