Northwest Florida’s brand-new resort The Henderson, scheduled to open in the summer of 2016 in picturesque 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.
Located on nearly 1.5 miles of one of America’s highest-rated beaches, on Florida’s renowned Emerald Coast, 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. Destin has grown into a dynamic destination for groups and is now one of the Emerald Coast’s most sought-after destinations, offering world-class fishing, immersive activities, sugar-white beaches, spectacular open-air shopping, fresh local seafood restaurants, and championship golf courses. Destin is within a one-day drive of surrounding states and is easily accessible by air. Its three area airports have expanded service, with over 200 daily departures and arrivals from numerous major cities in the South, Midwest and Northeast. Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Fort Walton Beach is just 30 minutes away.
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. ALHI’s Membership portfolio also includes such other distinguished Northern Florida resorts on the Florida East Coast and Atlantic oceanfront as: the elegant oceanfront One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa, offering 10,500 square feet of meeting space in Atlantic Beach; the historic, AAA Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, featuring 250 exquisite guest rooms and suites in Ponte Vedra Beach; and the graceful and newly renovated, 66-room oceanfront The Lodge & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach. Each are served via Jacksonville International Airport.
“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.”
The ALHI (alhi.com) Membership portfolio and dedicated GSO sales team features more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts in North America, which offer more than 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space. The ALHI GSO “Alliance” also provides sales services in North America for 70 more luxury hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia; a variety of 23 luxury-level cruise ships (Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises) appropriate for meetings & incentive (M&I) programs; and 55 Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 destinations worldwide with Global DMC Partners.
Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.
ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the ALHI GSO network with local professionals, valuable expertise, and ease of discussing viable options for your programs.
For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com.