A Beach Getaway Without Kids
It’s always interesting planning exotic getaways - Mexico, the Caribbean, maybe the Mediterranean. It’s easy to forget that some of the best beaches in the world are only a four and a half hour drive away. No endless flights and expensive airline fares, no money conversion issues, foreign-language issues, general safety, etc. We all know the Gulf Coast is great for family trips, but what about a simple getaway with friends or a spouse for an uncomplicated recharge?
Henderson Park Inn, a beachfront boutique hotel for adults only, is located just off Mid-Bay Bridge, but seemingly miles away from the congestion of the Destin scene. The Inn’s setting is unique, situated directly on one of America’s top beaches and adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach nature preserve, offering a sense of privacy and a plethora of activities. Guests will enjoy nearly two miles of beach renowned for its white powdery sand and tranquil water views.
Check in to rooms opening on to the Gulf’s cerulean waters and sugar fine beaches that define Destin and from the moment you kick off your shoes, say goodbye to stress. At this New England-inspired boutique hotel in Destin, the suites are designed for serenity as the bedding is luxurious and the gulf views from private balconies are soothing and unforgettable. No detail seems to be overlooked such as a mini-fridge stocked with bottled water and snacks and a tray placed on the bed with a bottle of wine and grapes upon arrival.
This adults-only property is a hidden gem in Destin offering the attentive service of top-shelf resorts and all the conveniences and luxuries of a hotel experience, including complimentary beach towels and beach umbrellas (which unlike most all other beach spots aren’t promptly taken down around 4pm as the beach rental service is eager to get everyone up so they can call it a day). There is also a daily complimentary happy hour on the beachside deck. You can enjoy beverages at the “Tiki Hut” overlooking the Gulf with other guests or find a cozy spot by the fire pit.
After a peaceful night’s sleep, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast feast overlooking the Gulf, either inside the Beach Walk Café or outside on the veranda. The Inn offers a gourmet breakfast with chefs ready to prepare and serve eggs, omelets and Belgium waffles as well as grits and grillades, fresh fruit and juices, pastries as well as Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s if you want!
After a morning of lounging on the beach, you may want to take a swim next door at the Inn’s sister property, The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort. Couples will love relaxing at the Adults Only Pool, which features a luxury cabana with poolside beverage service. The Inn’s guests also have access to the fitness center with the standard weights and machines and a variety of daily classes to enjoy, with everything from indoor cycling to yoga, and special yoga on the beach programs. For a truly intimate experience, book a couple’s massage or enjoy any of their first-class spa services. If you love art, The Henderson hotel is beautifully appointed and worth a tour to view over 465 art pieces by 13 local artists and artisans!
Whatever you left behind, when visiting the Inn, it’s sure to be forgotten in this serene atmosphere. Like any emerald coast trip, great fishing, fine dining and water sports are available, but it seems the best way to enjoy the trip is sitting on the beach catching up on your reading, enjoying an adult beverage, and simply having nothing to do.
For more information, visit www.HendersonParkInn.com.
Book a two night stay between November 1st and December 31st, 2018 and receive a $100 gift card to Beach Walk Cafe!
Based on availability. Holidays excluded. Other restrictions may apply.