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T+L Reports | September 2002

Tray Chic

Breakfast in bed is making a comeback at hotels willing to indulge their guests' Joan Crawford fantasies (you bring the satin bed jacket). Just order from the room-service menu or request the most outrageous breakfast treats you can dream up, dahling.

--Shane Mitchell

The Carlyle 35 E. 76th St., New York; 800/227-5737 or 212/570-7119; breakfast for two $44. Ask for "bed service" and the staff sets up a white wicker folding tray in your skyline suite. Scrambled duck eggs and Scottish haddock (the Gaelic breakfast of champions) and a bagpipe wake-up call.

Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Lankanfushi Island, Maldives; 800/525-4800; breakfast for two $34. A kitchen boat docks alongside your over-water villa and cooks a hot breakfast to order. Cristal champagne, mangosteen, and snorkeling masks.

Hotel Bel-Air 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles; 800/648-4097 or 310/472-1211; breakfast for two $35. A wicker tray with pink and white linens arrives at your poolside bungalow (we love No. 198). Signature lemon soufflé pancakes stacked like a birthday cake, with candles and raspberry syrup on top.

Packing: Ready to Roll

Not in the mood to pack?No need. Puma has done it for you with 96 hours, a collection for stylish men. In a compact aluminum roll-aboard are 24 pieces of clothing and two pairs of shoes--everything the design team at Puma has deemed necessary for a four-day trip. Made from crease-free fabrics, the items can be mixed and matched, including pants, shorts, khakis, shirts, sweaters, a blazer, and an overcoat. Once you order the collection, it's guaranteed to arrive within--no surprise--96 hours. 800/662-7862 or www.puma.com for stores; from $3,800.

--Melissa Eisberg

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