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
(117 Member Ratings)
"Beautiful grounds and rooms. Great location to the beach."
09. Apr 2018
Conyers, GA, 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, 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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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.

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

Enjoyed This
(117 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
Beautiful grounds and rooms. Great location to the beach.
Other Comments
Very understaffed. The highlight was the Valet team. Restaurants, front desk, pool service were very overwhelmed and did not seem eager to help. Need to hire more!
Sasha 09. Apr 2018 Conyers, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The adult pool. So relaxing!
Other Comments
A great resort, just needing some tweeks. One afternoon you could not get any towels by the pool (we were there for 3 hours). Our room was not cleaned on one of our days, transportation service has communication issues, as we waited for over an hour for a pick up and when we called back, they were never told about the pick up. Overall we loved the resort. If needed to rate the transportation team, that would be a 10, Don, Pete and Gene were excellent in customer service
Darlene 05. Apr 2018 New Iberia, LA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Customer service and privacy
Andreea 17. Mar 2018 Southlake, TX, 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 23. Feb 2018 Roswell, GA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Everything was done with such quality- not one detail was missed.
Dorota 11. Mar 2018 Roscoe, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was excellent.
Other Comments
Garden View room is a view of a parking lot. Restaurant served raw chicken one night, over cooked beef the next and was ridiculously expensive. No towels at the pool.
Liz 30. Mar 2018 Takoma Park, MD, USA
Enjoyed Most
location and hospitality
Other Comments
Microwaves are needed for use
01. Nov 2017 Knoxville, TN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Spa, food, service... all excellent.
Micheal 30. Dec 2017 Birmingham, AL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The casual elegance of the property
Karen 21. Feb 2018 Southport, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Very restful atmosphere, they cater to your needs!
Donald 28. Dec 2017 Deltona, FL, USA

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