This May, we put a new spin on visiting two favourite destinations, help you find perfect take-home gifts, and indulge in traditional cleansing rituals

Emma Love, Acting Editor

Emma Love, Acting Editor

Often one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of travelling is having the opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely different culture or way of life. In Marrakech, alongside haggling in the souks for silver lanterns and brightly coloured ceramic bowls, that means paying a visit to a traditional hammam. In our Monthly Insider, we explore these ancient rituals, which are such a fundamental part of Moroccan life, looking at everything from the best organic oils to the unique, locally inspired treatments at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech.

Once you’ve discovered a new destination, it can be hard to leave. For jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas, this was certainly the case. She has come full circle, opening a boutique at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, after first living in the city 25 years ago. To celebrate the opening, she has designed some beautiful jewellery, available exclusively at the hotel store.

And if you happen to be in Tokyo this month and find yourself struggling to choose between the many beautifully crafted artisanal products on offer (such as these gifts from Akomeya, pictured above) have a look at our Monthly Insider guide to the top five souvenirs to bring home, and where to buy them. 

We’ve also lined up two Destination MO posts for later this month that give familiar destinations a new twist: a literary themed guide to Paris that retraces the footsteps of several great authors; and Singapore with kids, which rounds up the top things to see and do on a family trip to this dynamic Malaysian city. And from one Malaysian hot spot to another, our final offering is a food-focused feature on street food in Kuala Lumpur.

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