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The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

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Pool & Beach (74)
Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and 200 acres of pristine nature preserve and a coastal neighborhood, this gracious, four-story 170-room resort hotel is the ultimate beach retreat. The Henderson features beautifully-appointed guest rooms, spa rooms and suites; two refreshing pools, gracious landscaped garden views, a relaxing day spa, casually elegant coastal dining at our signature restaurant, Primrose, and eateries that are poolside and beachside (seasonal), two bars and terraces with Living Room space to stretch out and relax, a fitness center, children's activity zone, and, of course, private access to sparkling emerald green Gulf waters and miles of unspoiled sugar-sand beach. Come join us at The Henderson, where the essence of fine coastal living is at its best. At The Henderson, it is our mission to ensure our guests experience a rich and carefree stay. We offer services that are truly unique to The Henderson. These offerings are included in our daily resort fee of $29.
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Property amenities
Room Service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Adult pool
Banquet Room
Breakfast Available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public Wifi
Shuttle Bus Service
Wheelchair Access
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Room features
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
Good to know


Full view
71Somewhat walkable
Grade: 71 out of 100
44Restaurantswithin 1 km
16Attractionswithin 1 km
100Room tips
Traveller rating
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Popular mentions
The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort is beautifully decorated with a Ritz Carlton flare and atmosphere. I found the food, services and location to be tranquil and peaceful. I highly recommend this hotel to you and your family. One thing you need to know is that this property does
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear 10 Million Mile Traveler, What a great contribution to add to our TripAdvisor page from someone so well traveled! Thank you for taking a moment to share your review and feedback regarding your experience. Yes, we appreciate our travelers sharing their in-put to reinforce our public profile that we are not located directly on the beach. It is a short walk from the resort to our private beach access (about 10 minutes leisurely walk from you guest room) to get to the point of entrance. We hope you'll be back to visit us again the next time you are near! Sincerely, David M.
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Highly recommend. The rooms were so beautiful and clean. The staff provided such great customer service. The food, location, ambiance, etc were all just perfect. I seriously cannot wait to come back to visit soon.
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Road, Thank you for your great review and time to make it too. From start to finish of your visit - our team aims to please and fulfill your every need. This is our focus and promise as a full service, luxury destination - not found anywhere else in Destin, Florida, on the Emerald Coast. We seriously, look forward to welcoming you back as our guest! Thank you, David M.
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As always, Salamander Hospitality and The Henderson did not disappoint! What an amazing place! I highly recommend to anyone and everyone!! The staff was polite, efficient, very helpful and just wanted to please.
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Adventure, We are a proud part of the Salamander Hospitality portfolio, and so pleased to live up to your traveled experience and expectation of our brand promise of luxury and attentive service! We look forward to welcoming you back soon again, and thank you for being our guest. Warm regards, David M.
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We love the Henderson- right on the beach, weekly cooking classes with handouts, glorious view of the beach, great food. We have been numerous times and it just always gets better. You even get a music CD to carry the visit with you.
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Pat C, Welcome to The Henderson Beach Resort! Although we are just across the street from the beach - it is only a short walk and a beautiful coastline/sunset view from our Gulf View Rooms! Starting in March 2019, we will have full programming available from fitness classes to family activities to our art classes (with our local Henderson artists!) and more (including a cooking class here and there!). We look forward to making the most of your visit. The music cd was a limited time offer, and there are many new and exciting events to come and share with our guest. For the most up-to-date information, please check-out our website or contact our resort guest services at 850-424-4400. Also, take a moment to enroll on our website within our "Contact Us" location to be added to our email announcements for promotions and more information! Thank you for being our guest! Sincerely, David M.
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I love this place always very friendly staff the grounds are always clean and rooms are amazing the pool area for adults only perfect for couples wanting to get away from the kids on a weekend and you also have beach access so if you have not stayed at this resort recommend the
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Escape, Thank you for your recommendation and time to place a review of your experience as our guest at The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, Florida! I hope we continue to be your selection along the beautiful Emerald Coast. I look forward to welcoming you back! Thank you, David M.
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Telephoto view of beach from 342
Garden view room
Dear Richlynnk, It would be a pleasure to welcome your growing (literally, at 20-months!) family to our resort for a visit! We absolutely welcome all ages, and children in particular. The Henderson Beach Resort is a family friendly location, and with a separate Adult Pool deck, there is no diminish to the relaxation of a couple's getaway retreat either! Our family pool with lazy river and splash pad is a hit both with mom & dad as well as the kiddos! Our adult pool terrace provides a relaxing retreat for those 18 yrs and older. The Gulf waters are shallow and clear which is perfect for wading in the warm waters during spring or summer or even fall on a calm day. April and May are a lovely and ideal time of year to visit Destin. These are warm months, where you may enjoy many outdoor activities along the Emerald Coast! We would be delighted to welcome your family as our guests! Please leave the crib at home and request one from us for your reservation (provided complimentarily upon request)!
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Dear Jayarx, The resort family pool and lazy river are open, and heated, during the winter months for our guest's to enjoy! Grab the cozy robes provided in your guest room, a towel at the pool and jump-in to enjoy! The kids will love the noodles provided to float around our lazy river or to the beach. Our Recreation Department is happy to share some family games to check-out for your guest room or the lawn from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday! We have bikes for all ages available too! See us at the Recreation Desk to check-out and tour the area or call our Concierge (850) 424-4615 or our hotel operators at (850) 424-4400 for some area attractions and seasonal activities in the area for some family fun! Our transportation services are available to guests by request within a 5-mile radius of the resort. We look forward to welcoming you and yours to the resort for a getaway to the beautiful Emerald Coast! Warm regards, David M. General Manager
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Dear Jayarx, Great question about our off-season activity schedule. The resort has transitioned to a limited menu of resort activities available for this winter season of 2018-2019. We are pleased to continue to provide amenities such as our heated family pool with lazy river, beach sets to enjoy the shores of the Gulf of Mexico (2 chairs with umbrella for some scenic views), and bicycles to check-out and peruse the scenic 98 pedestrian/bicycle route. We have several holiday events planned such as our Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, New Year's Eve Dinner and after party too! Our Fitness class schedule is limited through January 2019, and Poppy's kids club child services is by advance request and appointment, only, through January 2019. Join us and stay tuned for our local artist's class announcements, happy hour, and other special events for the holiday's to come this season! Guests are always welcome to enjoy an array of amenities such as our 5-mile radius shuttle services to Destin Harbor or Silver Sand's Outlets or to access our Salamander Spa amenities such as the Himalayan Salt Suite with an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest! Please do not hesitate to contact the resort for more details of activities during the dates of interest for your visit. We would be delighted to welcome you to the area and enjoy the resort to the fullest! Kind regards, David M. General Manger
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Dear Crystal J., Yes, of course! We recommend and encourage that you share your visiting guest's names with our Front Desk and within your reservation so we may provide the best guest service to welcome them to the resort! Thank you for your great question.
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Dear Karen E., Thank you for posting your question. We will continue to keep our in-house guests informed on the red tide in the area, and happy to announce that with the cool weather - we are seeing a diminishing effect. Red tide blooms with warm weather and the air temperature is now cooling for the fall. More information for travelers can be readily shared by our Reservations Specialists at 850.424.4400 or by viewing the following updates through the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Website. We are seeing a much diminished effect, fortunately, and are taking precautions by informing our guests of beach closures in the past few weeks for which we regret the inconvenience and did for our guest's safety and comfort. Thank you, David M. General Manager
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"Pool View Rooms have a better view of the Gulf than Gulf View Rooms do."
"4th floor was very quiet"
"This is a review of Salamander Spa, not the Henderson. Cannot remark on the hotel."
"Balconies are lavender infused. Scents are amazing outside."
"Haggerman Suite is incredible!"
US$270 - US$553 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesFloridaFlorida PanhandleDestin
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