The folks who run CruiseCompete.com have launched a new Web site for travelers interested in all-inclusive vacations: ResortCompete.com.
The site lists deals from more than 630 resorts around the world. Consumers fill out an online form indicating their preferences for dates, location, number of adults and children in their group, and how many rooms they want, and the query is answered by resorts and travel agents with deals meeting the criteria.
Consumers also choose their price range - value, premium (moderate) or luxury - and pick from various amenities, including beachfront, casinos, kids' clubs, wireless Internet access, and eco-tourism activities. You can also browse listings by location, and special deals are advertised as well - for example, five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Jamaica for $854 per person, double occupancy.
Well over 100 resorts in the Caribbean are listed, along with nearly 200 for Mexico. Other listings include the Mediterranean, South Africa, the South Pacific, and a few much closer to home, like Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn.
All-inclusive resorts typically are located in get-away-from-it-all settings, often with private beaches or mountaintop views. One price covers accommodations, food, drink and entertainment, from nightlife to sports, but you can do as many or as few activities each day as you choose.