by The Editors | December 14, 2023

Hideaway at Destin’s Henderson Beach Resort

Discover this luxurious seaside oasis with endless shorelines and Southern charm

The Henderson Beach Resort is located on the shores of Destin. Photography courtesy of the Henderson Beach Resort.

Tucked away on Florida's Emerald Coast, the Henderson Beach Resort is a Panhandle oasis for every Floridian, from outdoor enthusiasts to pampered spa-goers or simply vacationers looking for a piece of laidback luxury. Reserve one of the 170 guest rooms and 118 vacation rentals, designed with ocean tranquility in mind. Swim laps in the pool, float down the lazy river or make a splash in the famously clear waters of the Panhandle. Whether you're packing up the family for a holiday stay, taking a trip with friends or looking for a much-needed romantic getaway, the Henderson has a room—and beachside cabana—for you.

Suite Dreams

The guest rooms inside the Henderson Beach Resort with an ocean view. Photography courtesy of the Henderson Beach Resort.

Take your pick of beautifully designed rooms that emulate the tranquility of the Gulf of Mexico just outside the door. The rooms feature private balconies to savor the sunset as it drops below the endless horizon or wake up to a crisp ocean breeze paired with a cozy cup of coffee. Families can enjoy a room with dual queen beds to fit everyone comfortably, or splurge on a king suite. Roomy suites and lofts are perfect for longer stays in paradise. No matter what room you stay in, your trip will be one to remember.

Dinner in Destin

Spice up your next meal by dining at Primrose. Photography courtesy of The Henderson Beach Resort.

Feast on gulf-to-table seafood served at Primrose, a contemporary restaurant by Chef Tyler Simmons. With roots in Cajun and Southern cooking, Chef Simmons has crafted a menu overflowing with flavors that highlight ingredients distinct to Destin. Order the Flo Country grouper for a taste of the sea or dig into their crispy cauliflower, a staff favorite, which is tempura fried with a ginger glaze and topped with green onion. If you would prefer your seafood in the form of fresh sushi, Primrose has a wide selection of options with specialty rolls and nigiri.

For a more relaxed meal, head to Horizons Bar where you can dine on Destin dishes in a casual setting. Its unique, octagon-shape always gives you a seat with a view when sipping a handcrafted cocktail. If you’d rather spend every possible moment at the pool, you can head over to Sea Level to enjoy lighter fare in the sun. It boasts delicious salads and shareables to keep your family fed between cannonballs and bellyflops. The menu also has an extensive selection of refreshing drinks from chilled seltzers or frozen cocktails and mocktails to beat the heat.

Fun Under the Sun

Brave the waves with the Yolo Boards stand up paddle boards. Photography courtesy of the Henderson Beach Resort.

Score a complimentary beach chair on the Henderson's sandy shore or reserve a cabana for a UV reprieve to read a book by the ocean. Explore your adventuresome side with the Henderson's paddle board rentals, courtesy of Yolo Boards and Bikes, a local outdoor rental company. If you've always wanted to try out a watersport but you don't know how, there are skilled instructors who can help you learn the ropes and get you feeling confident out on the water. If you'd prefer a more relaxing time out in the gulf, you can paddle out into the cerulean waters, swim among wild dolphins and native fish or simply enjoy the rays beaming down on your freshly sun-kissed skin.

Whether its action and adventure or a serene sunshine getaway you're looking for this winter, the Henderson Beach Resort offers the perfect destination to find your piece of Panhandle paradise. For more information or to book your stay, visit hendersonbeachresort.com.