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The Sims 3 Island Paradise: Resorts

Managing, Guests, Profit, Workers, Tips, and Help with Star Ratings

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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack Resorts Guide
Starting a Resort  |  Resort Ownership  |  Guest Towers & VIP Rooms  |  Buffets & Food Stands
Staff & Maintenance  |  Star Ratings & Guest Reviews  |  Example Tutorial  |  Resorts in Isla Paradiso

Island Paradise Resorts

This guide to Resort Management in The Sims 3 Island Paradise will teach you how to start your first resort, and provide tips on getting your first Five-Star Resort. If you can do that, you'll unlock one of the best islands on which to start a huge luxury Resort that can bring in many thousands of Simoleons each day - a real money-maker. Managing Resorts is like a Profession but more of a business simulator, and my personal favorite addition to Island Paradise. With my information on hiring staff, feeding the guests, keeping them happy, managing expenses, and setting the prices for your Resort, you should be ready to make the big time. I've even included a tutorial to show how I started with a two-star Hobart's Hideaway and transformed it into a wonderful and profitable (if not beautiful) five-star resort.

The Guide is broken into several sections to help Simmers find the information they need. I'll detail what you can find in each section below, but first...

Lifetime Wish and Traits
If you want to pursue managing Resorts as a Career, use the new Resort Empire Lifetime Wish, which requires you to earn $40,000 Simoleons in profit from running Resorts and own a Five-Star Resort. Honestly, Traits do not matter so much to this money-making choice. You could manage resorts and be a self- employed inventor or take up the Journalist Career. Handy is an excellent choice, but otherwise you should choose Traits that will help your Sim whether they're socializing with guests at the Resort or taking on the Private Investigator Profession. Owning Resorts is an investment.

Starting a Resort
This Guide shows your various options for starting a Resort in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack. This page will show you the routes you can take to get started, from taking over Hobart's Hideaway, starting a Resort on an empty lot or one of Isla Paradiso's Uncharted Islands.

Resort Basics: Management Responsibilities
This guide will teach you all the concepts you need to know in order to run your resort successfully. Details on each subtopic are provided. I'll show you how to manage your expenses and gauge your Resort's pricing. You'll also learn about your Resort's Star Rating and how you can raise it to make profit.

Guest Towers & VIP Rooms
Learn about the various means of housing the guests of your Resort. You have basic cottages, special upgradeable apartments of sorts, and full-on towers for hosting dozens of guests in one building. Learn about upgrading, maintenance costs, and the maximum amount of guests that can stay at your Resort at one time.

Feeding Guests
I felt I could dedicate a full page to feeding the guests at a Resort, and I have. Learn the various types of foods served, upkeep on the buffet tables, and the role of Food Carts on the Island.

Hiring Staff and Maintenance Workers
This Guide will teach you about the various types of staff you can use to make your Resort better. Hiring Mixologists, Front Desk Workers, and details on the various types of Maintenance workers is provided here.

Star Ratings & Pleasing Guests
This guide covers raising your Star Rating specifically. It is an invaluable tool to learning the needs of your guests and how you can make your resort more popular and expand to own even more profitable Resorts. Earning five stars is necessary to unlock No Trouble Atoll, so read on.

Tutorial: Improving Hobart's Hideaway & Resort Mogul Lifetime Wish
This walkthrough focuses on Hobart's Hideaway, a run-down Resort in Isla Paradiso. Taking it over is free, and doing so is recommended for many first-time Resort Owners. Learn how I took this two-star slum and turned it into a five-star Resort people will want to revisit.

Isla Paradiso's Resorts
Learn of the Resorts you can take a week's vacation in or take over. Ricalynn has provided lists of amenities, costs to purchase, and extra information on each of the existing Resorts in IP.

No Trouble Atoll is the single best island to start a new Resort
No Trouble Atoll is the best place to Start a Resort

No Trouble Atoll: Reward for Five-Star Resort
When you create your first Five-Star Resort, you will unlock No Trouble Atoll, one of eight Uncharted Islands. It happens to be one of the best lots to build a massive Resort, so you can start a new one and rake in the profit from your first Resort to become super-rich and pass the property down through the generations.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack Resorts Guide
Starting a Resort  |  Resort Ownership  |  Guest Towers & VIP Rooms  |  Buffets & Food Stands
Staff & Maintenance  |  Star Ratings & Guest Reviews  |  Example Tutorial  |  Resorts in Isla Paradiso

Share your tips for managing resorts in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion here. You may also ask questions for problems you may have, but our Sims 3 Forum may be a better choice if you need a faster response.

Comments (55)

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Jade says...
I made a resort and people are staying in it, but they aren't paying anything and I have raised my prices and they still go in for free, how do I make the stay ?
14th November 2013 5:54am
Lauzwtp says...

Is there are way to expand the actual resort grounds as I would like to make the beach resort better I just need the room. Is there a way to do this?
12th September 2013 11:05pm
alana says...
hi car, no one ever comes to my resort in sun set valley. is there a way to make people come??? or do hotels just work in isla paradise?
22nd November 2013 12:36pm
abidoang says...
I have a question

can you put the sims 3 showtime stage in a resort? I want some entertainment in my resort
19th October 2013 3:10am
Ilenya says...
I managed to acquire a 5 star resort and unlocked the island. I began building on it but did not finish so the resort is still closed. However, I cannot find it as the island will not get rid of the mist hiding it as if I have not unlocked it?? How do I remove the mist from the unlocked island?
8th May 2014 12:14pm
Sara says...
Where do I go to find merpeople in the sims 3 Island paradise?
15th November 2013 11:22pm
Beep says...
You have to go scuba diving in the ocean.
23rd July 2014 7:11pm
Luke says...
Can your sim be a lifeguard in another town?
Yes as long as there is a beach.
11th July 2013 10:48am
Lena says...
Is there any way to make your visitors show at your resort? I'm getting profits and reviews and everything. I know that my computor doesn't show everyone, but it's bugging me.
20th October 2013 6:20pm
Lauzwtp says...
Very good question, mines the same no one is showing up. Are your staff showing up?
22nd October 2013 3:32pm
Dominic Nsiah Asare says...
am about to open my beach resort but due to lack of funds i have not been able to do a lot on the land so what can i do to start on the small note for it to become big.
3rd November 2013 12:50am
Nadia says...
Can I just leave the buffet table? Because it's a hassle to change everytime when it's breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or should I just buy a lot of buffet table and work from there?
23rd December 2013 11:35am
Charlotte says...
i kind of set the uncharted island refuge island to a resort lot by accident but cannot change it back or even move anything I place on there I don't know what to do about it any help?
28th December 2013 3:53pm
FrenchFry says...
When I got married and checked to see who owned my 5 star resort with nraas it said that my husband now owned it. My female sim has thr lifetime wish to own a 5 star resort but she is not getting credit for the money the resort makes so her lifetime wish is not being fufilled. I tried to buy the resort again with my female sim but it still says the husband owns it. Why is this happening?
30th December 2013 2:04pm
Tayler says...
So i built my resort to look really similar to the one above captioned "Carl's guide to island paradise resorts" and it totally gained five stars. Thanks for the inspiration!
4th January 2014 1:52pm
Amber says...
I have yet been able to place a resort in another world other than island paradise. I have changed the lot type to community and made it for a resort, but it still will not allow me to place an already created copy on the lot!! Can someone please help me!!
26th March 2014 9:20pm
chloe says...
hey I want to build a resort but I don't know how to like what button to press can you or someone please help me thank talk soon xx
22nd April 2014 10:12pm
stariif says...
why I don't have the button, to build a resort??? :(( I'm so sad
28th June 2014 4:08pm
Beep says...
Do you have island paridise?
23rd July 2014 6:57pm
Beep says...
If you do try going on to the phone/computer and there should be a option to open a resort, go in real estate and travel services on the phone and own a resort option should be there
23rd July 2014 7:04pm
james says...
Can u change the name of your Resort if u made a mistake
29th June 2014 1:17am
vulpineVandal says...
Yes. Its on the resort management menu if you own it. If not, you can change it in eEit Town mode.
30th June 2014 2:01am
VulpineVandal says...
I built a lovely 5 star, spanish style resort using this guide. I actually have a bit of leftover building room in the underground portion of the design (currently occupied by an extra set of bathrooms), and was wondering, do maintenance workers pick up laundry? If so, i can make a nice laundry room and add more positive moodlets to my resort!
30th June 2014 2:10am
Golf says...
I made a new resort and put a pool in it but it needs to be chlorinated and dechlorinated a lot for the guests to be happy. Is there any way around having to chlorinate it?
18th July 2014 12:42pm
Beep says...
Well i mean if you declorinate it you will get bad reviews so not that i know of but if your willing to have some bad reviews then well yeah.
23rd July 2014 7:28pm
Kasey says...
My resort was shut down due to being unprofitable, how do I get it open again?
There is an option under resort management that should say Open Resort.
5th July 2013 3:16pm
ellyse says...
same here, the open resort button can't be clicked anymore, it says, it should be more profitable to reopen
Try removing maintenance staff and other things that cost money until you have a profit.
8th July 2013 5:53am
Rosie says...
How do you see how many people are staying in your resort?:)
6th October 2013 1:33pm
Lauzwtp says...
you can look on the page where u see the profits for your resort and at the top it will say something like 20/20 meaning 20 out of 20 people are staying
10th October 2013 11:44am
oLO says...
I have yet to find a way of placing more than 9 towers on a 64x64 lot. Any pointers ? :)
PS: the 9 tower solution rakes in up to 60k/day and is instantly profitable (think mass tourism).
PSS: a 64x64 can be created anywhere in the ocean- use a section of land to align your lot in edit town, then place it in the ocean (avoid hitting the designated dive spots !)
cheers and thanks for all the fab guides
Vinyl on our forum actually managed 12 eco-modern towers. You can see her findings over here:,16584.msg318838.html#msg318838
6th July 2013 7:25am
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