I know what you might be thinking: when do ‘intimate’ and ‘incentive trip’ ever belong in the same sentence? While the majority of the corporate incentive trips you plan would probably fall into a more kosher category, you’ve got to remember that the lucky recipients of incentive travel often want to take a loved one with them.

And what kind of incentive trip would you be more motivated to work for (so that you could whisk your better half off somewhere) – a trip to the Premier Inn in Skunthorpe, or one in which small hotels in Spain feature? I thought so. Now you’ve decided on Spain, how do you choose the most intimate hotel from a very long list of small hotels in Spain? I’ve picked four gems that are sure to delight anyone who’s worked hard enough to earn that incentive trip:

Alcoba del Rey, Seville

Spain’s only river port, Seville, is steeped in culture and history. Founded by the Romans, conquered by the Moors and then taken back by the Catholics, its old town – in which this lovely boutique hotel resides – is the third largest old town in Europe and contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pretty romantic, don’t you think?

The 15 rooms of the Alcoba del Rey (translated as ‘the king’s bedroom’) are situated around a typical Andalusian atrium, and each is decorated individually in vibrant, Moroccan-style colours. Guests are greeted with camomile or mint tea upon arrival and a welcome gift. Not only that, but all decor and furnishings in the hotel are for sale – what better way to remember an intimate incentive trip by?

The hotel – where the king poet Al-Mutamid lived over a thousand years ago – is walking distance from some of Seville most beautiful sights, has an on-site restaurant and also offers beauty therapies and massages. This enchanting venue falls into the mid-range price category and is excellent value for money. Seville is an ideal summer spot for those who thrive on the heat – its location 75 miles inland means temperatures regularly climb above 35oC during summer.

Alcaufar Vell, Menorca

The Balearic island of Menorca is another fantastic place for gorgeous small hotels in Spain. Though its neighbour Ibiza tends to get all the press and throngs of tourists, Menorca is a more appropriate choice when planning that incredible incentive trip. The hotel is rural charm at its best – the Neo-classical building dates back to the 14th century and comes with an outdoor pool and large grounds: perfect for nature lovers. Located in the south of the island near Sant Lluis, the hotel is conveniently placed for trips to Punta Prima beach and visits to Menorca’s capital, Mahon.

The 21 rooms have a rustic feel (the hotel used to be a working cattle farm), while still being equipped with modern fittings such as air-conditioning, wifi, satellite TV, minibar and even a whirlpool bath. What’s more, Alcaufar Valla welcomes pets on request!

Visitors to the hotel are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome, and can enjoy meals and drinks in the restaurant or under the trees in their Jardí dels Ullastres during summer. If you want your incentive trip to be secluded and peaceful (and don’t mind paying a bit extra), then this is the hotel to choose.

Hotel Omm, Barcelona

Don’t let the name fool you – this place does not offer mind, body, soul meditation retreats! Instead, it serves up the ultimate in style in the heart of bustling Barcelona – but not at the cheapest rate. Known as much for its mind-blowing architecture as it is for its party scene, this Catalan city bordering the Mediterranean will seduce every kind of incentive traveller.

Rooms are decorated minimalistically in plain colours, making the room timelessly stylish, and are equipped with everything you’d expect from a five-star establishment. Staying at the Omm, guests have access to its incredible spa which boasts a water circuit training pool, flotation tanks and a host of beauty treatments.

Feeling sufficiently pampered, guests can swan up to the terrace bar, or relax in either of the hotel’s two restaurants: the one Michelin-starred Roca Moo or Roca Bar. The Lobby Bar and Omm Club offer visitors two post-dinner drinking and dancing options. Why would you ever need to leave the hotel?

The Cook Book by AR Hotels, Calpe

Touted as a ‘gastro boutique hotel’ by booking.com (the name says it all, really), The Cook Book is the Costa Blanca’s answer for anyone who likes it tasty and intimate. Rooms are decked out in a Modern Art style with large balconies and offer views onto the lfach rock; there’s even a spa bath in the bathroom to make things even more intimate. And did I mention that the minibar is free?

Now for the foodie part: there are two restaurants – Komfort and Beat – that even the most discerning palates will appreciate. Komfort offers a more laid back setting in which to enjoy the tapas-style dishes. Beat restaurant is Komfort’s fine dining older sister, where avant-garde and elegance come together to give diners something a little more creative and unusual.

As well as delivering on the gastronomic side of things, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped spa (sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, the works), and is located just over a mile from the beach. What's more, each guest actually gets a free spa treatment. This definitely doesn’t fall into the cheap small hotels in Spain category, but it’s worth the expense if you’re aiming to plan an incentive trip like none other.

If you’ve read this blog about small hotels in Spain and think that hotels in Costa Blanca would make the perfect intimate incentive trip, give us a call and we can help you plan your best incentive trip yet.