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The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

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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
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Special Offer:Loved Locals Welcome!
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Loved our weekend here! We visited during the off season but it was nice to not be in a busy, full resort. Horizons for lunch & drinks was perfect! Victoria was a lovely server! The rooftop was great for watching the sunset & we loved the Nesspresso in our room! Beautiful
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Cruiser, Thank you for your wonderful weekend review from you recent visit! It is nice during off-season to enjoy less traffic in the area and spread-out enjoying the resort as a peaceful retreat too. Thank you for sharing your kudos to Victoria in Horizons while you dined on-property as our guests. It means so much to our team to receive a name mentioned in a review to highlight their attention to your visit. Come visit us again, and we hope to be your selection the next time you are near on The Emerald Coast! Sincerely, David M.
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Hotel's Favourite
We stayed here in March for a business meeting for my husband. We had a beautiful pool view room- BUT it was really a beautiful ocean view room! We loved the welcome and escort around to resort and how to gain access to the beach. The beach is across a road with gated access.
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Response from David M, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 04 Apr 2018
Dear C Gomps, Thank you for your review to Trip Advisor and for being our guest. We are so pleased to read from you that your room was a true joy, and welcoming for your business travel visit. Feedback from our guests; as well as your reviews, are greatly appreciated as we continue to provide excellence in our service. We love to hear from our guests, and always look forward to your return. Sincerely, David M.
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Beautiful resort, 2 big pools and a great gym. Very nice people in every part of the resort. Enjoyed having a service that will drive you to dinner and pick you up promptly when you call. Don’t hesitate to stay here.
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Dana, Thank you for listing your review to highlight your visit was well worth it to The Henderson Beach Resort providing heated pool access and our 24 hour gym for your vacation needs. We strive to provide the upmost personality and friendly welcome to the area for our guests by all means, and pleased to read we met this mark during your recent visit. It would be a pleasure to welcome you and yours back the next time you are near! Thank you for being our guests! Kind regards, David M.
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I must say our stay at The Henderson has been great from start to end. The staff are all amazing! My husband and I stayed for 3 nights for our babymoon. Everybody has this positve attitude and you can clearly see the enthusiasm on everybody. Not to exaggerate but I’ve never
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Camper, Thank you so much for sharing your positive review from your recent visit to the resort! We are at your service to ensure no stone is left uncovered for your visit and turns met with a smile. Your words go far with our team as we continue to build our reputation as a memorable destination with travelers visiting our lovely Emerald Coast to enjoy the beaches, warm Gulf waters, Luckiest Fishing Village, and regional sites and culture. Thank you for sharing your travel review from your visit. Sincerely, David M.
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Perfect resort for relaxing and spending time with those whom you love! Staff was super friendly, and courteous. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay. We highly recommend this resort to anyone traveling to the Destin area.
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Response from DavidM24153, General Manager at The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Miles P., Welcome to The Henderson Beach Resort for your getaway! I am delighted that the result from your trip was perfection as you anticipated, and we look forward to welcoming you both back for another couple's getaway (or bring the family) to enjoy again! Thank you for being our guests! Sincerely, David M.
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Are the pools another facility is open in January? Are there any activities in January for children?
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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Are there a lot of activities in the winter months, January?
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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Are guests allowed to have outside visitors??
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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What is the current ride tide situation? We are supposed to come next week and we are very concerned
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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Is this place on the beach? Or do you have to cross a road?
Dear Cgomps, The beach is very close with a short walk from the back pool gate (approximately one block walking) to the private beach access for guests. The road is Scenic Route 98 which is a pedestrian friendly route spanning the coastline, and our resort and beach access is located at the farthest west end of the route. In fact, the beach access is where the route dead-ends with a round-a-bout because the next 1.5 miles is state park preserve (Henderson Beach State Park). So to add to your comment, yes, you cross a non-busy road and it is within a comfortable walking distance to reach the beach access for guests from the resort. We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy! Thank you for adding your comment. Sincerely, 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$232 - US$549 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesFloridaFlorida PanhandleDestin
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