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Healing Therapy

by Tracy Gavant

A polished jewel on Florida's Emerald Coast

With sugar sand beaches and 200 acres of unspoiled nature preserve, The Henderson, nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast in Destin, is the latest gem in the Salamander Hotels & Resorts collection. Built in nostalgic coastal style with gabled rooflines, sweeping balconies and expansive gulf views, the resort is reminiscent of a grand old seaside manor. Local touches create an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, with work from 13 local artists on display throughout the property.

Guest rooms in the Spa Wing are equipped with yoga mats and equipment for in-room workouts, while the beautiful Salamander Spa beckons below. This restorative oasis features an organic facial as well as organic wellness body therapies, like the Tranquility Pro Sleep Ritual. Guests can unwind and relax in the Lavender Lounge while sipping herbal tea or a lavender spa cocktail, dip in the therapeutic whirlpool or enjoy color- and hydrotherapy in the Experiential Shower.

The Spa recently expanded to include a Himalayan Salt Suite for respiratory conditions, as well as a Hot Himalayan Salt Stone Massage to ease muscle tension. The new Cryotherapy chamber harnesses icy cold air to boost energy, improve circulation and promote collagen production. A wide range of outdoor fitness options includes a sunrise rooftop spin class, beachside yoga, paddleboarding and nature walks through the adjoining preserve.

For a relaxing escape, this luxurious destination on the Emerald Coast is definitely worth the left-hand turn on the Panhandle—it will make you feel just right. hendersonbeachresort.com

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