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Henderson Beach Resort Announces "Be The First" Package

Introductory group rates start at $175 per night

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DESTIN, FL  — Henderson Beach Resort, the finest beach resort built on Florida’s Gulf Coast for a decade, announces its “Be the First” Group Package with rates starting from $175 per person.

The resort, which will be anchored by a spectacular 170-room hotel named “The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort,” is slated to open in Destin, Florida in late summer 2016.

Located along one of America’s top beaches and also adjacent to a 200-acre, coastal nature preserve, Henderson Beach Resort will be one of the first luxury resorts to open along Florida’s Gulf Coast in a decade. It will feature more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a stunning nature-inspired spa, authentic Gulf-to-Table cuisine and a spectacular beach experience.

Destin is a burgeoning destination within a one-day drive of Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, and also easily accessible by air. Its three area airports have seen a surge in expanded service, especially from the Midwest and Northeast, with more than 200 daily departures and arrivals from cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

Dunavant Enterprises, Inc., which owns the hotel resort, has engaged Sheila C. Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts, one of the country’s top luxury hotel companies, to manage operations.

As the grand anchor hotel, The Henderson will feature sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine dunes, as well as a thoughtful, residential design. It is located on one of America’s top beaches and also adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach nature preserve, which will offer a sense of privacy and a plethora of activities. Guests will enjoy nearly two miles of beach renowned for its white powdery sand and emerald-green water.

“This will be the most exciting luxury beachfront resort to open in the United States in years,” said Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “The Henderson will become one of the most sought-after group and wedding destinations in the country because of its unique setting, genuinely warm and friendly staff, accessibility and array of activities.”

From corporate retreats to incentive meetings, The Henderson’s sweeping beach locale provides an unmatchable backdrop to make each event both productive and memorable. Highlights for groups include:

  • Nearly 30,000-square-feet of indoor/outdoor group options including: ballrooms, lush lawns, pool decks, and a rooftop terrace
  • Dedicated meeting wing
  • Luxurious 5,221-square-foot Grand Ballroom (The Crystal Ballroom)
  • 1,254-square-foot Junior Ballroom (Destin Ballroom)
  • 1,000-square-foot Hospitality Suite
  • Private dining room exclusively for group luncheons

The “Be the First” Group Package is a special introductory offer with rates from $175 per night plus a complimentary Welcome Reception for groups. Mention “New” when booking for the best package rates. 

Book by April 30, 2016 for stay dates between September 6, 2016 and March 10, 2017. Black-out dates and stay restrictions apply. 

Additional added value is found in the daily complimentary amenities offered. All guests of The Henderson are invited to enjoy valet parking, passes to Henderson Beach State Park, beach cruiser bicycles, golf bag storage, concierge/shuttle service, WiFi, unlimited local and 800 calls, in room coffee and tea service, access to state-of-the-art fitness center, daily housekeeping with turn down service and daily sunset salutation beverage service each day of their stay.

For more information on The Henderson, visit For group inquiries, call (850) 691-7651.

About Henderson Beach Resort

Henderson Beach Resort is located along the one of America’s top beaches in Destin, Florida and adjacent to the pristine 208-acre Henderson Beach State Park. Reminiscent of a luxurious grand seaside manor of yesteryear, the resort centers around The Henderson resort hotel, which features 170 spacious guestrooms and suites, a nature-inspired spa, Gulf-to-Table cuisine, 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space. Henderson Beach Resort is owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises, Inc., and is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel management company founded by Sheila C. Johnson. For additional information, visit


About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; and the finest resort built in a generation on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Henderson Beach Resort in  in Destin, opening summer 2016. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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