When I first contacted the Henderson Park Inn about a press visit and they said they really wanted me to stay in the Presidential Suite, I was pretty impressed with myself. A suite is always nice and when you throw “Presidential” into the description, you know you are going to have a pretty nice room.
A pretty nice room. I don’t think this description could possibly be further from the truth.
This is truly one of the nicest suites I have ever stayed in. My sister-in-law and I were traveling together on a last-minute trip to Destin and we had already stayed one night in one of the lovely, lovely rooms at this beautiful beachside inn. The incredible view of the sugar-white sand and Caribbean-like turquoise and azure water, the relaxing Jacuzzi tub, the cloud-like bed, the completely fabulous breakfast and lunch – how could things possibly get any better? Some rooms even include a fireplace – what a great place to stay in the fall or winter!
Our first clue that we were entering a world of luxury was when we noticed the doors into the Presidential Suite as we walked past. Double doors made of some gorgeous dark wood, they had a small and tasteful brass plate on them that said “Presidential Suite”.
We opened the doors to a huge, sun-lit room with gorgeous, comfortable furnishings. A beautifully appointed living room with a big, flat screen TV, an office area with a big desk, a dining table and a fridge filled with complimentary drinks and candy bars. Through the French doors, we could see the large, wooden deck with outdoor furniture that overlooked the beautiful beach area which stretched not only in front of the inn but down the beach to the quiet and peaceful Henderson Beach State Park. Because the park is right beside the inn, it creates what looks like an unending visita of beach which is particularly gorgeous at sunset.
To get to the living room, we had walked past the unique bathroom arrangement, which is broken into two completely separate areas – perfect for two women who had plenty of room to spread out all our accoutrements. There was even a towel warmer available.
The adjoining bedroom had a huge and lovely king sized bed and beautiful, dark wood furniture with plenty of space to sit and read or enjoy the beach through the second set of French doors which opened onto the long deck, or watch the second TV.
A bottle of wine, fresh grapes and some fresh flowers were provided on a bench at the end of the bed, a nice amenity that the Henderson Park Inn provides to all their guests. Everyone also has a nightly turn-down service.
The Henderson Park Inn has free bikes to use when you have eaten your fill of the fabulous breakfasts, the wonderful boxed lunches, the lemonade and cookies in the afternoon and the candy bars which are also available in the community fridge. Complimentary beach towels and beach chairs are a truly nice amenity, along with free wifi and a complimentary happy hour every evening. There are DVD players in every room and they offer a free library of DVDs which you can check out.
This place seems to anticipate every single need you might have while on vacation and, not only provide for it, but provide for it in the most luxurious way possible. Truly a wonderful place for a relaxing and fantastic getaway, the Henderson Park Inn should be your first choice when you visit Destin.
I know it will be mine.
Jan Ross runs Wanderlust Wonder.