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The Henderson
A sophisticated yet comfortable property for all occasions
[ON LOCATION] MELISSA BRYANT

W

hat is the crowning jewel of Destin, Florida's,
sought-after destination hotels? For attendees, it's
arguably Salamander Beach & Spa Resort's The
Henderson resort. Positioned on a picturesque
stretch of white-sand beaches in Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast
with two pools, an exquisite day spa, fine and casual dining, a
fitness center and 10,000 sf of meeting space-The Henderson
has it all.

CATCH OF THE DAY

THE SECRET'S OUT

MUCH TO DO INDOORS AND OUT

The Henderson features 170 rooms with views of either the Gulf of
Mexico or the neighboring 200-acre nature preserve. Written on the
walls of the resort is the history and culture of Destin. Local artists and
artisans contributed to the myriad custom pieces displayed throughout
the resort's shared spaces. Take Russ Gilbert's blown glass creations,
including the amber-colored sea oats behind the reception desk.
Much of The Henderson is intended to make attendees feel
at home, and after visiting, we can say it certainly achieves this.
The living room in front of reception, for example, is furnished
as its name would suggest with comfy couches and plenty of
areas for gathering. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in an abundance
of natural light and an outdoor patio area is a perfect spot for
meet-and-greets or receptions. Just off the living room's patio
and down a flight of stairs is a fire pit perfect for a group night of
roasting s'mores from the on-site Sprinkles ice cream and candy
store, where attendees can also find root beer floats, sundaes,
milkshakes, and during breakfast time, specialty coffees, bagels
and pastries.

Attendees can indulge in a bit of "spa-radise" at the Salamander
Spa with a "Neroli Blossom Sensory Experience," complete with
a eucalyptus-infused foot cleansing ritual and reflexology followed
by a meditative massage. Groups can also hit the waves with
paddleboards, kayaks and boogie boards, partake in daily games
such as croquet, bocce ball and board games or energize from the
inside out with a picnic in the park or beach yoga.
For an entertaining outdoor excursion, attendees can hop
on The Henderson's complimentary cruiser bikes to explore the
town. After our bike ride, we traded two wheels for four thanks to
a complimentary "BMW Resort Driving Tour," where we took full
advantage of a 3-hour BMW test drive. Our weapon of choice was
a slick red convertible we took for a ride on the open road to check
out the nearby Destin Commons shopping center. We were quick
to return, after all, a "Destin-ation" of discovery was waiting for us
back at the resort.

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Sweets aside, The Henderson's signature restaurant, Primrose,
offers a rotating dock-to-table menu with freshly caught seafood
and stunning views of the Emerald Coast. In the evenings,
after-hours handcrafted cocktails are served around the octagonshaped bar at Horizons. Locals and attendees alike pack the bar
in the evenings, creating a lively yet relaxed ambiance for mixing
and mingling.

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