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The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

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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

97% (87 Member Ratings)

"Staff catered to the customers while being gracious and full of positive energy! The location was wonderful, a small walk for beach access and situated right next to the Henderson Beach State Park. My husband also enjoyed a relaxing day at the spa, which is located directly on-site."
09. Aug 2017
Douglasville, 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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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.

97% Positive
(87 Member reviews)
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
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The ambience.......
Susan 12. Aug 2017 Palm Harbor, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Staff catered to the customers while being gracious and full of positive energy! The location was wonderful, a small walk for beach access and situated right next to the Henderson Beach State Park. My husband also enjoyed a relaxing day at the spa, which is located directly on-site.
Christina 09. Aug 2017 Douglasville, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Everything!!! From the kid's pool to the movie. Everything was wonderful
Other Comments
Just keep up the good work
Nely 07. Aug 2017 McKinney, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
The beauty of it all. Beautiful hotel, pools and restaurants
Other Comments
Don't miss out on this wonderful hotel. The staff is amazing. Nespresso coffee makers in the room and ceiling fans! Get a Ocean view room with view of the stat park.
Carolyn 08. Aug 2017 Marietta, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great location even though it was NOT on the beach.
Other Comments
Friendly staff for family.
Alyce 06. Aug 2017 Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Enjoyed Most
It was awesome one of the best hotels I have stayed at. I would definitely book here again.
MICHAEL 05. Aug 2017 Anna, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
the entire experience was put together well from the friendly staff, to the amenities, and activities
Other Comments
thank you for a wonderful experience.
Thomas 01. Aug 2017 Cumming, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Living in luxurious surroundings with the most accommodating staff. Easy access to beach and we enjoyed the lazy river pool area tremendously. Our family will be back along with all the family that missed out this time!
Other Comments
Wonderful experience. Everything at this resort is top notch. We enjoyed just walking around and enjoying the decor plus the beautiful views off the verandah and the sun vista deck.
Janet 30. Jul 2017 Grand Prairie, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful resort!!!
andre 31. Jul 2017 Mcdonough, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The beach and pool
Other Comments
Really enjoyed the property for the little time spent there
johnny 31. Jul 2017 lafayette, LA, United States

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