Whether you drained your budget on the ceremony or still have plenty of dough to spend, your packing list for these sun-soaked destinations will not include much more than a swimsuit.

For many couples, a honeymoon spent basking in the sun is the perfect respite after hectically planning a wedding. Whether you drained your budget on the ceremony or still have plenty of dough to spend, your packing list for these sun-soaked destinations — broken down by Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean and Asia — will not include much more than your swimsuits and plenty of sunscreen. Instant honeymoon, just add water.

Europe high budget: Hvar, Croatia
Hvar Island, Croatia (pronounced like “Far”), the summer party spot for Russian billionaires and the St Tropez crowd, is the honeymoon hot spot of the future. While the water temperature may be less bath-like than the Caribbean Sea, its clarity is nearly identical. Hvar is a summertime destination, and you will not need more than a week to see it all. But make sure to spend at least one day on Dubovica Beach, and do not leave without some lavender-themed souvenirs. Request a room with a view of Amfora Bay and the Paklinski Islands at Amfora Grand Beach Resort .

Europe low budget:  Santorini, Greece
With amphitheatre-like white-washed cubes and cliff-side domes perched above a sparkling sapphire caldera lagoon, lemon-scented Santorini is the Greece postcards are made of. Savour ouzo and olives while the flaming sun fades, visit a winery or splurge on a private boat charter. You can also save a bundle by staying at the breeze-filled Anastasis Apartments. While it rarely reaches the point of unbearable heat in Santorini, December through March can be chilly. A week is all you need to soak up the island’s Grecian delights.

Americas high budget: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Whichever came first, the Brazilian beach swagger or the sexy Brazilian swimsuit, bathing beauties have been flocking to Rio de Janeiro for sun and sand for decades. The see-and-be-seen hotel spot is Hotel Fasano, a pricey accommodation where supermodels and athletes frequent the rooftop pool. It also overlooks Ipanema, one of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world. (Skip the equally as famous, yet surprisingly less impressive Copacabana.) After a few days exploring sites such as Corcovado mountain, home to the Christ the Redeemer statue, and samba dancing in the soulful Lapa neighbourhood, head 100 miles northeast for a few days in Buzios, a beach town that moves to the beat of a slower-moving drummer. You will need a week to see both Rio and Buzios, and do not forget that South America’s summer season starts in November.

Americas low budget: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula is Mexico’s barefoot-chic Caribbean. Along Quintana Roo’s Highway 307, there is an all-inclusive resort for every budget, from sophisticated Playa del Carmen to coast-hugging Tulum, where the Mayan ruins are spectacular and spiritual — especially when viewed l from the water. Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort and Spa has an adults-only pool, jungle-like paths between buildings and an aqua-playground of a spa. You will need a week in this area and can generally count on the weather year-round — you just may need to take a shady afternoon siesta during the summer months.

Caribbean high budget: St Jean, St Barts
This Caribbean island has ties to France and caters to the rich and famous, so expect the locals to put on the ritz when it comes to restaurants and accommodations. Grand Saline Beach offers some seclusion from the glitz and glamour, it does not offer public restrooms. The beach is also unofficially considered to be clothing-optional – a positive or a negative depending on your personality (and depending on your fellow sunbathers). The luxurious Eden Rock Hotel has been an institution since the 1950s, and while you may find more reasonably priced options between June and November, you also run the risk of honeymooning during hurricane season. One week here would be suffisante.

Caribbean low budget: George Town, Grand Cayman
Cruise ship daytrippers swarm downtown George Town, so bypass the crowds by laying out on the public beaches behind hotels like the Ritz-Carlton  and the Marriott . In-the-know snorkelers hop on the inexpensive bus to the lesser-known Cemetery Beach, where squid and butterfly fish abound. It may be touristy, but the Stingray City excursion is great fun for new couples. It is a bonding experience to feed the slick and surprisingly friendly fish right out of your hand. A week in Grand Cayman is more than enough, and you may want to avoid the island during the summer hurricane season, despite any bargains you may find.   

Asia-Pacific high budget: Bora Bora, Tahiti
If French Polynesia’s lush tropical paradise does not fulfil the honeymoon remit, what will? With Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu as a permanent backdrop, the highlight of this South Pacific experience is a private motu picnic through the Kieshi tour company. Set on one of the many small islands or “motu”, the picnic includes a Champagne barbecue served at a table set up in the shallow water, a boat ride and snorkelling with tropical fish, sting rays and reef sharks. Of course, in a magical place like this, your number one priority should be relaxing. Just find a spot with a view of Mount Otemanu — ideally from an overwater bungalow deck at the St Regis or the Four Seasons — and get lost in it, not to mention each other. There is not a bad time of year to visit Bora Bora, but it is best in September when the island is warmest and driest. And given the long flight, you will want to stay as long as your wallet allows.

Asia Pacific low budget: Boracay, Philippines
Boracay is not historically considered a honeymoon destination — but that is changing due to the island’s world-class beaches and affordable hotels, like the Argonauta. While you are there — you will want to stay at least a week — check out Ariel’s Point, a cliff-diving spot with five platforms of varying heights. If you are adventurous, try diving from the top; if not, you can applaud those who do. Skip Boracay between July and November when it is possible a rare typhoon will rain on your honeymoon parade.