Awards & Accolades
Smart Meetings Names The Emerald Coast - 10 Best Places to Visit in the United States in 2017
10. Florida’s Emerald Coast
This 100-mile stretch of beautiful beaches and cozy beachfront towns is growing up in a big way. New condos and hotels are popping up all over the place. The city of Destin recently welcomed Henderson Beach Resort, a luxurious property in the Salamander Hotels & Resorts portfolio. Read more here.
Member of the Association of Luxury Hotels International
Since 1986, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has worked with meeting professionals, association managers, incentive/recognition specialists and business executives across North America and around the world to create effective solutions for tens of thousands of programs and events. During that time, ALHI has grown to meet changing needs and increased market demands. Beginning with one office in Washington, D.C., we now have 20 professionally staffed Global Sales Offices from coast-to-coast.
Member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Preferred Hotels & Resorts represents the finest and most diverse global portfolio of independent hotels and independent hotel experiences. Five distinctive collections allow one to craft their own inspirations as they travel the world in search of memories and new opportunities. To help ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction, Preferred Hotels & Resorts requires that each of its member hotels conform to the Preferred Standards of Excellence™, renowned quality standards that are measured by yearly anonymous on-site inspections carried out by professional third-party experts.
Salamander Hotels & Resorts luxury collection
Henderson Beach Resort is the newest member of Salamander Hotels & Resort’s growing portfolio collection, which also features three other resorts in Florida and the highly acclaimed Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia. In 2005, Sheila C. Johnson founded Salamander Hotels & Resorts, which has opened and operated numerous Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond-rated properties.
The Henderson has not yet been rated, but it is committed to providing five-star/five-diamond level experience.
- One of the Top Destinations on the Rise (Destin), 2015 Travelers' Choice TripAdvisor
- Voted Number 1 Most Popular Labor Day Destination of 2015 (Destin), TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals
- Top Winter Getaway Destination (Destin), FlipKey by TripAdvisor
- Fodor's Go List 2015, Fodors.com
- 10 Most Popular U.S. Beaches 2014, Yahoo!
- Best Florida Beaches 2014 – No. 1 Destin, U.S. News & World Report
- Best Beaches in the USA 2014 – No. 7 Destin, U.S. News & World Report
- Best Alternative Spring Break Destinations 2014 – No. 3 Destin, U.S. News & World Report
- Voted No. 6 Best Spring Break Destination of 2014, USA Today
- 10 Best Places in July (2014), USA Today
- Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations for 2014, Mashable.com
- "10 Destinations on the Rise" TripAdvisor
- 2013 Reader's Choice Award, Convention South Meeting Planners
- Top Gulf Beaches 2014, FlipKey's
- No. One Beach Town in the South for 14 consecutive years, Southern Living magazine
- One of the Top Three Family Vacation Destinations in the South for 14 consecutive years, Southern Living magazine
- One of the Top Destinations of 2010, Frommers
- Best Beach in the United States, USAToday
- Best Place to Hit the Beach, ajc.com
- Best Family Beach in the U.S., Travelocity
- Voted Top 10 Snowbird Beach, Top 10 Family Beach and Top 10 Best Value Beach, Florida Beaches Guide
- Best Beach Vacation Destination Nashville, Williamson and Rutherford Parent Magazines
- One of the Top 20 Beaches in the World for Seashore Romance, You & Your Wedding (U.K.)
- Top Beach in the Southeast, Family Fun Magazine
- Best Family Vacation Destination in America, Nashville Parent Magazine
- One of the Top 25 Destinations in the United States (2011), TripAdvisor
- One of the 10 Best Places to Live & Boat (2011), Boating Magazine
- Top In-Demand Market (Destin), TripAdvisor