The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
What We Love
- A brand-new beachfront retreat on Florida's Emerald Coast, with a sprawling spaBeing one of the first to stay at this brand-new beach retreat
- Relaxing by the resort’s pool, or in the hands of one of the spa’s therapists
- Deciding which beach-view food-and-drink spot to dine at first
- Trying one of Destin’s watersports or attending one of its many events
What To Know
- All guestrooms have a view of either the Gulf of Mexico or the pool and gardens
- A $29 per night resort fee covers concierge transportation, private beach access, paddle board, kayak, and bike rentals, as well as a coffee and tea station
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
When you stay at The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort in Destin, you’ll be near the airport and close to Destin Commons and Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Gator Beach and Henderson Beach State Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 170 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a lazy river. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and shopping on site. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 5 mi.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at one of the resort’s 4 restaurants and 2 coffee shops/cafés, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Destin? This resort has facilities measuring 10000 square feet (929 square meters), including a conference center. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours).
How to Get There
The Henderson is a nice resort in a beautiful location. However the service is terrible. All of the staff, from the front desk to the restaurant waiters, to the poolside workers are low quality. They all seem to hate their job and are not happy to be there. This kind of attitude is unacceptable for a luxury resort.
*Incident: my 3 year old son opened a closet door in our loft and door fell on him. Somehow, the closet door fell off of its hinges and struck my son on its way to the floor. Surely, the cleaning staff noticed this door was broken when they prepared our room before we checked in. But they chose not to do anything about it. Like the rest of the staff, I imagine the maid had the “it’s not my problem” attitude. The result was that my son was injured. It could have been much worse as it was heavy door falling on a child. Thankfully, he is doing okay.
We mentioned this broken closet door incident to the front desk staff upon checkout. Not to our surprise, there was little concern from the staff. They only asked why we did not report the incident to them right when it happened. Since I am a medical doctor and my wife is a nurse, we felt that we could do more for our son than a hotel worker could. The hotel clerk took down my wife’s phone number and said they would call her to check in to see how our son was doing. Guess what: nobody called.
Under better management and an overhaul of the staff, this resort has the potential to be first class. But with the currently under trained staff and bad attitudes, I would not recommend this resort, and fear that there will be more incidents like the one that we experienced.
The is a 5 star resort with beautiful rooms and amenities...make sure you have dinner at Beach-walk when you stay. It is part of their sister property across the street and the food if wonderful! The resort itself has everything you need for a perfect relaxing vacation...love the adult pool.
I came here with my family including 2 small kids. All of us had a great time. Staff was excellent. Hotel is very well kept. There’s a short walk to get to the beach, but it’s pleasant walk. I would definitely stay there again