Associated Luxury Hotels International adds new Destin resort

Special to The Log

Northwest Florida’s brand-new resort The Henderson, scheduled to open in the summer of 2016 in Destin, has been accepted into the prestigious membership portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, becomes ALHI’s first member resort in the Northwest-Panhandle region of Florida. The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) now represents the new luxurious beachfront resort to North American meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

The Henderson will feature sweeping views of the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine white-sand dunes. The stylish 170-room resort hotel will offer 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which will include a luxurious 5,221-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 1,000-square-foot Hospitality Suite, and a private dining room exclusively for group functions. The nearly 30,000 square feet of outdoor options will include lovely beachfront lawns, pool decks, and a gorgeous grand lawn.

Also of great appeal is that The Henderson is adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach Nature Preserve, which will offer guests and groups both a sense of privacy and a plethora of activities. Plus, the harbor is only a five-minute drive from the resort, which will enable The Henderson’s guests and groups to enjoy numerous water activities, and to shop in a festive marketplace.

The Henderson joins in ALHI’s portfolio its sister resort, Virginia’s exceptional 340-acre Salamander Resort & Spa, which also is owned and operated by highly respected Salamander Hotels & Resorts.

In addition to its membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, The Henderson is now presented in ALHI’s “Beach & Island Collection” and “U-200 Gems Collection” luxury brand segments.

The Henderson becomes ALHI’s 23rd AAA Four- and Five-Diamond-rated Florida option.

“Talk about an exciting new option in our ALHI portfolio!” said Schultenover. “The Henderson will be a brand new, meetings-focused resort on Florida’s beautiful and very appealing Emerald Coast. We look forward to sharing the details of this outstanding new resort with professionals in the North American meetings and incentive marketplace. Planners simply need to contact their ALHI Global Sales professional to find out more about this wonderful new option.”