This April, we focus on feeling refreshed – from traditional, cleansing Thai New Year festivities in Bangkok to the best beauty treatments in Paris and food for the soul in Madrid 

Emma Love, Acting Editor

Emma Love, MO Acting Editor

Thai New Year in Bangkok marks three days (13 to 15 April) of joyful, water-themed rituals, including water fights on the streets that guarantee a drenching. Rooted in tradition, this cleansing custom means that the next 12 months can be started anew. Read about this local tradition and where to join in the celebrations in our Monthly Insider feature on the Thai capital.

In the second of April's Monthly Insiders, health and beauty expert Vishaka Robinson also explores the subject of cleansing. She gives the lowdown on the best apothecaries, salons and treatment rooms in Paris – such as the gorgeous new Guerlain Spa Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Paris.

There is more than one way to soothe and restore the soul, however. For some, it may be spa treatments; for others, it's food and friends. Look out, later this month, for our posts, both on brilliant Executive Chef Jorge González at Goya Restaurant, Hotel Ritz, Madrid, who delivers Spanish cuisine with an innovative French twist, and on the Rat Pack era in Las Vegas. From steakhouses to the Graceland Wedding Chapel, the latter is a nostalgic look back at some of the favoured haunts of music greats.

There are also new, inspiring Mandarin Oriental packages at the Group's hotels across the world – such as Fun Times Await in Singapore, with activities tailored to the whole family, and Shanghai Dream, which includes a sunset cruise and cultural visits. All of them are bound to encourage travel this spring.

Finally, this month we speak to British fashion designer Jenny Packham, who created the new fan for Mandarin Oriental, London. Find out the most precious items that she never travels without. The fan itself is adorned with embroidered leaves set against a blue background, and is just one way that the hotel brings the natural calmness of neighbouring Hyde Park inside.

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