If lying on a beach somewhere seems too laid-back for you, an urban honeymoon offers contemporary hotels, abundant dining options and a high-energy environment where newlyweds can disappear into the crowd. From Europe to the Americas, the Caribbean and Asia, here are a few favourite destinations for budget and splurge-worthy big-city honeymoons.

Europe high budget: Paris, France
Parfum-lavished Paris, a buttery city built on royalty and romance, is the perfect place to kiss in the streets sans abandon. Let yourselves be seduced by the city’s cobblestone streets, perfect for aimless ambling, and priceless art museums, like the Musee d’Orsay. While the city of love has no shortage of romantic pied-à-terres, couples will love the glitz and Parisian charm of the Hotel Fouquet's Barriere (do not miss a dip in the indoor pool). For simple but flavourful bistro fare, try Le Timbre on rue Sainte Beuve, where they pride themselves on their carefully chosen wine list. Regardless of when you travel, Paris is beautiful — even, as Cole Porter wrote, “in the summer when it sizzles” and “in the winter when it drizzles”. The city can even be seen over a long weekend (if absolutely necessary). If Paris out of your budget, Montreal can be a more affordable option for a taste of French flair.

Europe low budget: Prague, Czech Republic
Honeymooners will truly lose track of time when standing before the face of the stunning clock tower in Prague’s fairytale Old Town Square. A five-minute walk away is the Unitas House, an affordable guesthouse conveniently located near the Charles Bridge and the National Theatre.

Unlike other cities, where cocktails cost as much as a meal, a beer in Prague will only set you back a few koruna. Take advantage of those low prices and go on a pub crawl to really get a sense of the city (after all, the couple that plays together stays together). Prague can be seen comfortably in five or six days, and is best in the warmer months. August is when Europeans take their own holidays so many places are closed.

Americas high budget: New York, New York
In New York City, where so many of big-screen favourites have been filmed, life can sometimes feel like a movie. Rockefeller Center’s rooftop attraction, Top of the Rock , now leads the rankings for activities in the Big Apple, and there is little surprise as to why. While so many travellers, especially honeymooners, want to live out their Sleepless in Seattle fantasies, the view from Rockefeller Center incorporates the Empire State Building (and, really, what is the New York City skyline without it?). Reserve a room at the Setai Fifth Avenue to see the iconic building up close. Couples should also not leave town without taking in at least one Broadway show; make it The Book of Mormon if you are lucky enough to score tickets. Also be sure to spend some time in other neighbourhoods besides hectic Times Square — such as the very charming, tree-lined far West Village, trendy Soho and Nolita and the uber-hip and historic Lower East Side. The best season for visiting New York is autumn, when days are crisp, but sunny. For honeymooners who are not accustomed to the pace of a New York minute, more than a week could be sensory overload.

Americas low budget: Las Vegas, Nevada
Honeymooners head to Las Vegas for the casinos, spas and Broadway-like productions… that is, assuming they did not recite their vows at a little white chapel and just opt to stick around. But if you want to take your trip off the beaten path, take a hand-in-hand hike in the Red Rock Canyon national conservation area  where non-neon light hits the rugged landscape in layers of vibrant hues. And for honeymooners who dream of Paris but could not afford the high price tag, splurge on Chef Joho’s tasting menu at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant  with its views of the Bellagio. Remember: the desert cools off considerably by night, so pack accordingly. Four days would be plenty of time — but give yourself a day or two of recuperation on the back end if you like to spend nights at the baccarat table. And skip this spot altogether in summer if you cannot take the heat.

Caribbean high budget: St George, Bermuda
If you included pink in your wedding colour scheme at all, you will have plenty of pictures to match in your end-of-video honeymoon montage; the pink sand beaches need to be seen to be believed. In fact, to really view the world, and each other, through rose-coloured sunglasses, have dinner on the beach at The Reefs resort in Southampton, and book their afternoon tea as well. Geographically, Bermuda is in the Atlantic, not the Caribbean Sea, and it is just a two-hour flight from New York. But Bermuda’s climate is more Caribbean-like than not — on the warmer side of temperate year-round. And, while there is technically no rainy season, keep in mind that hurricane-type storms are more likely between June and November. Also good to know: despite being a British territory, the US dollar is widely accepted in Bermuda. And yes, you should pack your Bermuda shorts. (Both of you.)

Caribbean low budget: San Juan, Puerto Rico
In San Juan, there is no end to the number of fun, inexpensive activities for honeymooners. With the Acacia Seaside Inn as your home base, you can pull up a lounge chair on nearby Condado Beach or on Pine Grove Beach, and sample street food (and a cerveza) at the kioskos (street carts) in Piñones. Wander along the brick roads past the brightly-coloured facades of Old San Juan and pick up a few souvenirs while you are there. If you find the Puerto Rican capital city too touristy, make your way out of town and into El Yunque National Forest for a waterfall walk. Want an overnight excursion? Fly 25 minutes to Vieques, the main island’s mellow little sister, and explore the bioluminescent bay. With average temperatures only varying by 10 or so degrees throughout the day, San Juan’s weather feels like summer all year long. And you can keep your visit to a long weekend if you are short on time off from work.

Asia-Pacific high budget: Hong Kong
Upbeat couples with an adventurous spirit will meet their match in this sky-high city. With much of the signage in English, Hong Kong works well as an Asia 101 introduction (although, compared to the rest of the continent, you will certainly pay for the privilege to explore it). But outside your hotel, you may be surprised that so few people speak the same language as you (especially for a hurried international business hub). Some tips: hop on the scenic Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, instead of taking the underground MTR. The Tian Tan Buddha, or Big Buddha as it is often called, on Lantau Island is a must-sightsee. And do not miss the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market Road or the Hong Kong skyline view from Inakaya restaurant  on the 101st floor of the International Commerce Centre (acrophobics need not apply). While the Mandarin Oriental is often the most talked-about hotel in the city, the Four Seasons is slightly more central. You will want a full week in Hong Kong, and it is best avoided in the summer — when the city suffers from near-suffocating levels of heat and humidity.

Asia Pacific low budget: Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam’s capital is best discovered on foot. It keeps its complex past on display, particularly in its Old Quarter — though you will also not want to skip the French Quarter during your week there. Food and lodging in Hanoi are a steal – couples can pick up traditional banh mi sandwiches for a quick bite on the go and expect a deluxe, honeymoon-friendly hotel — such as the Essence Hotel — for half the price of most western cities. Similar to Hong Kong, Hanoi can heat up to an uncomfortable degree in the summer — but the striking flame trees, with their bold red flowers, do bloom in June. The city is best in November, with pleasant temperatures and few rainy days.