A RETREAT TO PARADISE: The Lofts at Henderson Beach Resort

- by Deborah Channel
Long-time travelers to Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast may recall when Destin practically went to sleep during the slower winter months. Now, like the monarch butterflies that migrate every fall, a steady stream of guests are enjoying the beach, warmer temperatures and special events and festivals during the shoulder seasons too.  Due to the moderate climate and almost daily sunshine, Destin has become one of the most sought-after destinations and provides the perfect place to get away during the cooler winter and early spring seasons.  

Nestled in the heart of Destin, and of particular appeal, is the lazy neighborhood of Crystal Beach. A quaint community where white sands and emerald waters anchor the pastel colored beach homes.  Here the intensity of the urban life unwinds and reverts to a simpler time where playing and leisure were the norm and not the exception.  Crystal Beach is void of high-rise structures and six lane highways, and serves as a community where visitors, from around the country, are eager to enjoy life in a small neighborhood where you can leave the car, and your troubles, behind.

Soon this tranquil neighborhood will be home to The Henderson, an aspiring AAA Five Diamond Resort offering luxury amenities and an authentic and approachable lifestyle; a place unlike anything along Florida’s Emerald Coast.  The new Henderson Beach Resort, opening in summer 2016, will be a beachfront haven marrying the perfect blend of luxury amenities in an intimate upscale atmosphere with the charm and serenity of the Crystal Beach. The Henderson will be the grand cornerstone hotel of the multi-phased Henderson Beach Resort and will combine an incomparable welcome with incredible views of the sunset, while the stunning entrance will offer guests an inviting gateway into the quintessential Destin experience.

Henderson Beach Resort is specifically designed to inspire and connect guests to the neighborhood and environment, and will be infused with several gathering areas.  You’ll immediately notice that this property is unique. You will be amazed when you see the architecture, more commonly found in seaside manors on Martha’s Vineyard, adding a touch of charm and character that allows the Henderson Beach Resort to be an icon of the beautiful surrounding area.

Visitors may easily stroll or bike to the beach, the adjacent nature preserve, and into the surrounding walkable community of fine beach homes in Crystal Beach. They can also choose to utilize the resort’s fleet of luxury cars or concierge shuttle to visit nearby attractions.  The locals offer a host of food and wine events and festivals. All accessible by simply checking with the resort’s concierge for details.  

Neighboring activities include two championship golf courses, or if retail therapy is your passion, you can start shopping for your spring wardrobe and take advantage of huge savings at internationally known designer stores at the Silver Sands Premium Outlet stores or visit nearby Destin Commons, a European style open-air lifestyle center featuring more than 90 stores and restaurants. For the adventurous, don’t miss the wildflower-filled 208 acre nature preserve; Henderson Beach State Park, adjacent to the resort. This ideal gift of nature features guided hiking trails, 6,000 feet of natural shoreline and boardwalks that traverse through sand pines, scrub oaks and dune rosemary, as well as a vast array of fowl, fish, and native wildlife. If birdwatching is your passion, you’re going to love this piece of beachside paradise.
In addition to the opening of The Henderson, now is the best time to discover the newest luxury offering on the Emerald Coast, The Henderson Lofts, comprised of 58 residential condominiums on the southeast corner of the 14-acre, Henderson Beach Resort, which is currently under construction, and slated to open in the summer of 2016.

The Henderson Lofts will be the second phase developed in the new resort and will consist of luxury one-and two-bedroom units, each with a bunk room, balcony, full kitchen and two full bathrooms.  The interior finishes of The Lofts will meet the exceptional standards of the resort hotel, and will features ten foot ceilings, hard-surface floors, granite countertops, high-end cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. All of this and a location like no other on the Emerald Coast.

Additionally, owners and guests of The Henderson Lofts will have access to the incredible Resort Club amenities that include:
-              Private Beach Access and Beach Club
-              Large Waterpark, Complete with Pools and Lazy River
-              Fitness Center
-              Full-Service Luxury Spa
-              On-Site Fine Dining
-              In-Room Service
-              Complimentary Bicycles, and so much more.

Guests and owners of The Henderson Lofts will also enjoy a Beach Club experience that features iconic gulf sunsets, a wide pristine beach, waterfront dining, umbrella and chair service, as well as a base for activities like sailing, snorkeling and volleyball.  The Beach Club overlooks the Gulf’s cerulean waters and sugar-white beaches, and also offers the ultimate beachfront wedding venue.  A walk down the shore to your right, you’ll see only a scattering of people –with far more fisherman than smart phone carrying tourist- a bit of the old right in the middle of everything new. While there are plenty of activities to fill the day, lounging on the white sand beach is a popular choice.

Wondering about dinner options?  Ask the Resort’s concierge for suggestions or enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the many dining venues at The Henderson, or the Gulf-side BeachWalk Café. The latter known as much for the atmosphere as for the farm-to-table menu which changes seasonally.  For pure seclusion, have your concierge arrange a private dinner on the beach, complete with paired fresh-caught seafood and glasses of the restaurants many choices of wines, top-shelf liquors, cocktails, and beer. Want a little romance in your dinner? Toast your love by the light of tiki torches when you sign up for the romantic “Toes in the Sand” dining experience.

If you’re looking to discover the ultimate lifestyle experience enveloped in the most unique and luxurious resort to be built along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in many years, you owe it to yourself to put The Henderson Lofts and The Henderson, located at The Henderson Beach Resort on your short list…at the top.
Pre-construction sales of The Henderson Lofts are underway.  For more information, visit www.thehendersonlofts.com, call the sales team at (850) 564-6180, or drop by the on-site sales office during your Destin getaway.