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T+L Reports: Hotel Picnics

More and more hotels are offering the ultimate in alfresco room service: a made-to-order picnic. Guests at chef Alain Ducasse's Bastide de Moustiers (Moustiers-Ste.-Marie; 33-4/92-70-47-47; www.bastide-moustiers.com; doubles from $228) can explore the Provençal countryside armed with a wicker basket full of fruit tarts and fresh baguettes. • New York's Lake Placid Lodge (Lake Placid; 518/523-2700; www.lakeplacidlodge.com; doubles from $475) prepares hearty sandwiches and freshly baked cookies, parceled up in a backpack for a lakeside meal. • For a thoroughly white-glove experience, order a picnic from the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London (44-207/235-2000; www.mandarinoriental.com; doubles from $690). A liveried footman will orchestrate a classic English feast in Hyde Park: Cumbrian ham and poached asparagus on fine china—plaid blanket optional.
—AOIFE O'RIORDAIN

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