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Coast into Wellness

The Henderson Salamander Beach & Spa Resort Offers New Year Tranquility

An abundant 10,000 square feet of spa bliss awaits guests in Destin, Fla., within an exquisite coastal resort.

At The Henderson Salamander Beach Spa & Resort, each day is inspired by the art of healing and pampering. Whether guests seek a beautifying spa escape, bonding time with friends, intimacy with a significant other or a complete wellness transformation, experiences are customized.

The spa’s providers use some of the world’s most innovative modalities and healing techniques to restore, renew and inspire visitors. The team definitely executes therapeutic, holistic approaches.

The Salamander Spa features 11 private treatment rooms and a wet area with an experiential shower, whirlpool tub, a luxurious couples’ suite, sunlit relaxation spaces and a full-service salon.

On-site dining options are uniquely inspired by the resort’s proximity to the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and their cuisine celebrates Destin’s local flavors and traditional dishes. With a bounty of freshly caught seafood straight from the dock and local farm-sourced offerings from which to choose, The Henderson’s chefs strive to impress all palates. Creative, diverse dining experiences range from “flip-flop” poolside casual to intimate ocean-view dining.

Specifically, the site’s Primrose restaurant is headed by Five-Diamond Chef Brendan Davey, a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute. He formerly guided Ritz-Carlton Hotel kitchens for 10 years, overseeing four properties as sous chef. Prior to joining The Henderson, he was chef de cuisine at the Lodge of Sea Island Resort in Southeast Georgia. 

Inside the Primrose also is a sushi bar developed by Chef Hieu Nyugen.

On Jan. 1, The Henderson staffers will host their third annual Polar Bear Plunge. Guests can celebrate the new year with a Henderson tradition and plunge into the Gulf, followed by hot drinks. Participants receive a customized long-sleeve shirt with a $25 donation to the Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks.

Throughout the year, guests also are surrounded by splendor from the art displayed throughout The Henderson property, which showcases 13 Destin artists who were chosen to create custom pieces specifically for the resort. The artists include Melody Bogle, Melissa Mercer Brown, Lori Drew, Barbara Flowers, Justin Gaffrey, Donni Galli, Russ Gilbert, Mary Hong, Velia Lala, John Maher, Arturo Mennillo, Jeff Waldorff and JoAnn Williams Walker.

Each art piece was thoughtfully placed throughout the resort to add both beauty and ambiance.

The Henderson resort hosts weddings, special occasions, business meetings and anyone wishing to transcend into a peaceful, relaxing stay. It’s even dog-friendly!

200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, Florida, 855.741.2777,