View of snow on rooftops over Munich

Where to travel in November

Looking for destination inspiration for autumn? Here’s where to go for a cultural city trip or a relaxing break, from Munich to Mumbai

Tom yum in a bowl

Join the revival of Bangkok’s most famous street

Nowhere captures the hustle, bustle, diversity and sheer confidence of the Thai capital better than the legendary Khao San Road. November sees the lifting of Covid restrictions here, so street vendors can return from the start of the month. Prepare for a sensory overload and spend an evening devouring everything from the famed tom yum kung (shrimp soup) and pad kra pao gai (stir-fried chicken with basil) to som tam (spicy papaya salad). Afterwards, get your breath back amid the newly refurbished Oriental Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. It’s an utterly sublime two-bedroom penthouse complete with wrap-around terrace, private dining room and kitchen.

Tower suite at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Pop art and sustainable style in Munich

Fusing both eco and aesthetic considerations has been the mantra behind the colossal renovation of Mandarin Oriental, Munich, which has recently reopened its historic doors. With single use plastics abolished and with contemporary refits of every room and suite, the reimagining of the hotel blends distinctive Alps-inspired art by local artists with completely redesigned bathrooms, where cutting-edge sustainable technologies minimise energy and water consumption. Keep the momentum for fresh, dynamic design going with a visit to the Pinakothek der Moderne, where Anish Kapoor’s new installation, Howl, recently opened. It’s a typically immense sculpture that fills the museum’s vast rotunda.

Diwali lamps

Bathe in the festival of lights in New Delhi

Mandarin Oriental has recently joined forces with Oberoi Hotels to bring more than 20 luxury hotels across the Middle East, India and Asia into a new partnership. The Oberoi, New Delhi, is perfectly placed for bedding down and experiencing Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights), which peaks this year on 14 November. Social distancing and reduced crowd numbers will be in effect throughout the celebrations, but the city has confirmed that processions, fairs and puja pandals (temporary shrines) will still take place. It’s an enchanting experience where flashing bulbs and tiny diya oil lamps on almost every table and window ledge in sight give the entire city a serene, twinkling glow.

Water view room at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

Meet the First Ladies in the fall in Washington D.C.

Although we’ve yet to see a female US President, there have been many First Ladies – several of whose portraits are on display at a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Called Every Eye Is Upon Me, the show spans nearly 250 years – from Martha Washington to Melania Trump – and features more than 60 portraits of First Ladies. Bed down afterwards in the suitably stately Premier Water View Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. – a corner suite with views over the Marina and the Jefferson Memorial.

Spa suite at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Grape expectations in Paris

Expect long lie-ins in the French capital on the morning of Friday 20 November as the night before marks the annual arrival of this year’s bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau. An annual tradition in Paris, this is the day that the first results of this year’s harvest will arrive from the Beaujolais appellation between Macon and Lyon – celebrated with parties throughout the city. Try L’Entrée des Artistes in Pigalle or the Caves des Climats for a glass of this wine that, unusually, tastes at its best just weeks after harvesting. Plan ahead and book your stay at Mandarin Oriental, Paris with the Get Togethers by M.O. offer, where a half-hour spa treatment and free breakfast for two are among the benefits – perfect for a languorous morning.

Paris skyline at sunset

One city, five ways: Paris

Trad-loving Paris may seem a little straight-laced, but a scratch beneath the surface reveals a city that’s constantly reinventing itself