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Posted 27th June 2024

The Best Incentive Travel Destinations for UK SME’s

Incentive travel is an effective way for UK SMEs to motivate and reward their teams. Choosing the right destination is crucial to maximising the impact of these trips. From picturesque islands in Spain to charming cities in Italy and beyond, the best incentive travel destinations should cater to diverse preferences while promoting team cohesion and […]

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The Best Incentive Travel Destinations for UK SME’s

Incentive travel is an effective way for UK SMEs to motivate and reward their teams. Choosing the right destination is crucial to maximising the impact of these trips. From picturesque islands in Spain to charming cities in Italy and beyond, the best incentive travel destinations should cater to diverse preferences while promoting team cohesion and performance. In this article, let’s explore some of the best incentive travel destinations for UK SMEs.

  1. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is a particularly appealing destination for travellers from the UK due to its easy accessibility. UK SMEs who want to reward their employees should consider sending them to this picturesque island, renowned for its beautiful beaches, stunning landscape, and vibrant nightlife. You can reach Ibiza from major UK cities through numerous direct flights. This short travel time makes it a convenient and attractive option for quick getaways and incentive trips.

Ibiza’s vibrant atmosphere makes it conducive for teams to bond outside of work. Renowned for its world-famous nightlife, the island allows your team an exhilarating party experience with its top-tier clubs and beach parties. Beyond its nightlife scene, Ibiza has beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets. Locations like Cala Comte and Cala d’Hort allow for relaxation and engaging in team-building exercises.

Ibiza offers plenty of fun activities, and that’s another reason why the island is more appealing for incentive trips. Employees can explore the historic old town of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or engage in water sports, yacht charters, and wellness retreats. 

Luxury accommodations abound in Ibiza, making it easier to reward top-performing employees. The island has a range of luxury hotels and resorts that cater to groups of travellers. These establishments have premium amenities and services, allowing for an indulgent stay.

  1. Mallorca, Spain

Another favourite island destination for travellers from the UK is the picturesque Spanish island of Mallorca. The island is well-connected to the UK through frequent direct flights from major cities. Its proximity makes it a convenient and appealing choice for incentive trips, especially if you plan on sending your team on a short weekend trip.

Have your employees stay in one of the island’s many luxurious accommodations. It’s an excellent way to reward them for their hard work. Thankfully, Mallorca boasts a range of luxury hotels, resorts, and villas that cater to group travellers. Once they have settled in their accommodation, they can start by exploring Palma’s historic sites, such as La Seu Cathedral and the Almudaina Palace. These landmarks provide insight into Mallorca’s rich history and architecture.

Mallorca’s breathtaking sceneries, from pristine beaches and turquoise waters to rugged mountains and lush countryside, offer the perfect setting for teams to bond over adventures. Popular spots like Playa de Muro and Serra de Tramuntana provide idyllic settings for fun water sports.

While on an incentive trip to Mallorca, your team can bond over good food. The island has an impressive dining scene, with Michelin-starred restaurants and charming local eateries. Your team can indulge in gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and savour local delicacies like sobrasada and ensaimada.

  1. Tenerife, Spain 

Tenerife is another Spanish island that has become a favourite holiday destination for UK travellers. It’s a great destination to consider for UK SMEs planning to send their employees on incentive trips. Getting here is easy, with many direct flights from the UK to Tenerife South Airport.

There are plenty of great places to stay in Tenerife. And if you want to reward employees, book one of the high-end resorts and hotels that offer group accommodations. You will find many of these places in Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas, which give easy access to the island’s beautiful beaches.

There is no shortage of fun activities your employees can enjoy while in Tenerife. They can embark on whale and dolphin watching, hiking in Teide National Park, or exploring the charming historic town of La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island’s spectacular landscapes, from the lush forests of Anaga Rural Park to the volcanic terrain of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak, offer the perfect setting for your employees to bond over fun outdoor activities. 

In the evening, they can experience Tenerife’s vibrant nightlife scene. Around the island, there are chic beach clubs, lively bars, and nightclubs, especially in the bustling areas of Santa Cruz and Las Americas.

  1. Sicily, Italy

Sicily is easily accessible from the UK, making it an ideal destination for UK SMEs sending their employees on incentive trips. Many airlines fly directly from the UK to major airports in Palermo and Catania. 

Aside from the easy accessibility, your employees will love Sicily for its rich cultural heritage. The island’s rich history, with influences from Greek, Roman, Arab, and Norman civilisations, allows them to enjoy a unique cultural experience.

Sicily also offers a wide range of activities to suit different interests. Depending on your team’s interests, they can enjoy wine-tasting tours in the Etna and Marsala wine regions, sailing trips along the stunning coastline, or culinary experiences featuring Sicilian specialities.

  1. Hvar, Croatia

Croatia is home to picturesque islands like Hvar, making it an appealing destination for incentive trips. Those coming from the UK can easily take flights to Croatia. To get to Hvar, you can fly to the airport of Split, followed by a scenic ferry ride to the island of Hvar.

Boasting crystal-clear waters, picturesque beaches, and lush landscapes, your employees will enjoy their time in Hvar. Locations like Dubovica Beach and the Pakleni Islands provide idyllic settings for them to relax and engage in water sports.

The island offers numerous activities to cater to different interests. Your team can enjoy sailing trips around the Pakleni Islands or wine-tasting tours in local vineyards. Those who love history can explore the historic Hvar Town with its ancient fortresses and charming streets.

Your team will also love the exceptional culinary scene of Hvar, featuring fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. They can indulge in group dining at waterfront restaurants with delicious meals and stunning sunset views.

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