THE HENDERSON - Florida’s Newest Luxury Beach Hotel

A Salamander Spa and Beach Resort

In the summer of 2016, the highly anticipated Henderson Beach Resort will open its doors to the eagerly awaiting guests seeking the ultimate Florida luxury beach hotel. The hotel, overlooks an unparalleled trio of attractions, ranging from Destin’s spectacular crystal-white sands and emerald waters to a beautiful 200-acre maritime preserve to the internal vistas of the resort’s own expansive pool complex. With all of this and so much more, The Henderson, in the heart of Henderson Beach Resort, is sure to satisfy couples, families, and corporate groups from around the country, and abroad.
The Henderson luxury hotel promises to be the finest new beach resort hotel to open in the Sunshine State in the last decade, and one that is sure to impress even the most discriminating of travelers. This exciting new property includes 170-room luxury rooms, an elegant luxury spa featuring 11 treatment rooms, as well as, over 10,000 SF of prominent meeting space for the discriminating corporate client. The Henderson is phase one, and the heartbeat of Henderson Beach Resort, that will also feature over 200 luxury residences and commercial activities.
The fact that Henderson Beach Resort is located along the shores of Destin is no coincidence, and the origins of this story, and specific reasoning, start 1,000 miles away, in the Appalachian Mountains. It is there that the elements turn quartz into a powdery white sand and send it down the Apalachicola River to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Tides and currents then carry the cargo westward where it finds home and helps to construct one of the finest beaches, not only in the United States, but in the entire world. The areas known as Crystal Beach and Henderson Beach are said to be the center of this remarkable sand journey and the whitest of the white sands.
“The only downside to visiting this stretch of the Emerald Coast is you will never want to visit another beach!” says Douglas Hustad, general manager of The Henderson. “The sand is the whitest of Northwest Florida’s famously white sand beaches, and the water is so clear that it appears to be illuminated from within.” 
Reminiscent of a luxurious grand seaside manor of yesteryear, The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, captures the romance of traditional coastal architecture by complementing the stunning natural backdrop with striking shingles, steep gabled rooflines and a reverence to Florida’s nautical history. It is through this prism of superlative sunsets, fresh catches from the dock, and toes-in-the-sand hospitality that Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast lifestyle is captured: warm, genuine service that defines the essence of relaxation and comfortable luxury.
Only two miles from bustling Destin Harbor, which honors the city’s humble origins as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” the area that comprises Henderson Beach has been a longtime, under-the-radar, favorite destination for numerous families from surrounding cities and states, including Memphis, TN, which is home to the Dunavant family, owners of this new luxury hotel and resort. For over a decade the Dunavant’s have owned and operated the nearby well known, Henderson Park Inn, which they have helped build into one of the most acclaimed boutique hotels in the country.
Dunavant Enterprises, Inc’s, President and CEO, William B. Dunavant III, says, “Our planning and development team have been hard at work under the leadership and direction of William Hagerman and Shannon Howell, and their vision for this beautiful property was integral in evolving it into the world-class destination resort which is now on the horizon.”
Destin has grown into a dynamic destination for both leisure and group travelers, and is now one of Florida’s most sought-after destinations. In addition to world-class fishing, these pristine shores offer guests the finest beaches, spectacular open-air shopping, fresh local seafood restaurants and championship golf courses. The bustling Destin Harbor allows guests to enjoy numerous water activities, shop in a festive marketplace and interact with the fleet of fishing vessel captains and crews that pioneered Destin. In fact, guests can bring their catch back to the resort where the chef will personally prepare it for them. How’s that for experiencing the gulf firsthand?
From the moment guests arrive at The Henderson, they are sure to be embraced by an old-world charm that is contemplative of the surrounding, unspoiled beauty of the area.  There is no lobby, but an expansive Living Room with high ceilings and a wall of windows that faces the maritime forest and beach. The interior feels like it has been part of the coast’s landscape for over 100 years and showcases hand-scraped walnut floors and numerous reclaimed beams and trusses.

This residential inspiration, of course, extends to the large guestrooms and suites, which feature luxurious bedding, elegant bathrooms and tasteful furnishings, all while still remaining authentic to the cultural surroundings, through custom furnishings and gracious balconies and terraces. Even the resort’s indoor and outdoor function spaces, which are already proving popular for weddings and meetings, capture the cohesive color scheme, including gulf greens and coral.
The Henderson features a deep-water commitment to local cuisine. The ever-changing Chef’s Dock-to-Table menu, which offers catches provided daily by local fishermen, is a homage to the area’s emerald-green gulf waters. The resort’s authentic dining experiences offer some of the finest seafood available, served in a fashionable, yet comfortable, environment. The Henderson also offers a beach view restaurant with a display kitchen, a soaring bar, poolside grill, sushi bar, and even dining opportunities on an outstanding outdoor terrace, offering sunset views and an old-fashioned ice cream shop. Are you starting to see why The Henderson, and Henderson Beach Resort are the ideal place for your next vacation?
Drawing on this inspirational venue, The Henderson’s destination spa features spectacular spatial areas, including a private relaxation terrace overlooking the treetops of the preserve. The top-shelf treatments are derived from the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal waters, immaculate beach, untouched dunes, area nature trails and indigenous plants. In addition to treatment rooms, there are also specially constructed spa rooms, furnished and equipped with sounds and scents of this region. All of these impacting the level of intensive relaxation and impeccable service guests of this spa are sure to receive.
For guests who desire a more active setting The Henderson also offers a first-rate sunlit fitness center –complete with circuit and cardio equipment, along with a variety of water oriented experiences, including a family pool, complete with lazy river, in addition to a quiet adult zone. Guests can easily stroll or bike to the superb adjoining beach, where the experience features sunset cocktail hours, umbrella and chair service, and a base for activities like sailing, snorkeling and volleyball, to name just a few. Are you booking yet?
For centuries, this storied region has delivered a seafood bounty to sustain its residents. And, for decades, it has become increasingly noted for its plethora of activities, many of which take place on America’s finest beaches, along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. In the coming years Henderson Beach Resort is sure to become known as the ideal destination, where elegance and comfort unified to create an unparalleled vacation experience for couples and families just like yours.
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