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The Sims 3 Island Paradise: Resort Ownership

Starting from Scratch, Buying & Selling, and Uncharted Islands

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack
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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

Starting your first Resort in Island Paradise
Learn How to Start a Resort

Becoming a Resort Owner: Starting Your First Resort
In order to start a Resort of your own, you can use the Cell Phone in your Sim's inventory and select Real Estate and Travel Services > Become a Resort Owner. You will be shown a map of Isla Paradiso that shows choices based on your current household funds. Hobart's Hideaway is an existing Resort that is free to manage. It's in trouble and needs someone to turn the business around.

Alternatively, you can select an empty lot or build a Resort on one of the eight Uncharted Islands that you Unlock. Empty lots are fine choices, but those along the beach are probably better for keeping guests entertained - remember that you can build out into the water, so you have a bit more room than first appears.

If you have hundreds of thousands of Simoleons, you can also choose to take over the luxurious and expensive Sparkling Sands or La Costa Verde Resort.

Run More than One Resort At a Time
Resort Ownership and Management does not take up an employment slot of any kind, so you can operate with a traditional career or even take up self employment in a skill and still collect residual income from your resorts. With the proper staff and amenities, they'll manage themselves!

Island Paradise offers Hobart's Hideaway for Free
The Game will offer you to improve Hobart's Hideaway for Free

If you are starting your first Resort, I suggest you just take over Hobart's Hideaway as it has the basics you need, which will teach you to make an even better Resort later, perhaps even constructing on No Trouble Atoll if you can turn Hobart's Hideaway into a Five-Star Resort.

Converting an Uncharted Island into a Resort
Converting an Uncharted Island into a Resort Site

Using an Uncharted Island
If you want to use an Uncharted Island, Such as Mermaid's Secret or Diver's Den to make your resort, you first need to head to map mode - click the Island's icon on the map and choose Real Estate. From there, you can click Convert to Resort to change it from a Private Lot (you can also find buy and build on this lot functions under this menu). After doing so, it will automatically start as a resort that you can name and begin managing. The price to start it up is free, as you already own any Uncharted Islands once you go through the trouble to unlock them.

If you use an Uncharted Island, there will be a Front Desk placed on the Island which you can use to access the Resort Management menu. When you get your lobby built, you can move this to its proper location.

Selling your Resort
With a high star rating, your Resort should be worth much more than the cost of items you've sunk into it. You can sell your Resort by going to the cell phone, choosing Real Estate and Travel Services, then Check Real Estate. You will get to see a list of Resorts you own under that tab, and can select one and choose the sell button at the bottom. You will lose control and get a lump sum of cash for your sale.

Ready to Start a Resort
Once you've chosen the Resort you will manage, you have ownership and will be able to begin upgrades, collect your weekly profit (or loss) and hire staff. Read on to learn how to take care of your guests, what features to include at your Resort, and how you can boost your Resort to a Five Star Rating quickly and unlock the best Resort Island.

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 (16)

NewbieSimmer says...
*Sigh* I only have Sims on my PS3. I'm saving up to get it on my PC, but I'll probably just wait for Sims 4 to come out. I want to play Island Adventures SO bad.
7th July 2013 12:43pm
Knugen says...
Island sounds great, but it's horrible. The content itself isn't horrible, it's great. But the lagg in this game is ridiculous.
Although I've heard that NVIDIA GPU's doesn't work very well with this expansion, not sure if that's the problem or if it's laggy for everyone.
About once every 3rd second it freezes and stays frozen for 7-12 seconds, just to repeat over and over and over.

My specs:
GPU: GeForce GTX 770
CPU: i7-4770 (3.40GHz
Memory: 16.00 GB RAM (not the best but eh)
OS: Windows 8

Obviously shouldn't have problems running this, and it's only IP that's laggy.
I used to multi-box 5 World of Warcraft accounts a while back, all running at max settings, ironic that you can do that but not play something as simple as this.
I would rather have burned my $25 instead of buying this, kinda want to play the actual world that came with IP.
19th June 2014 5:30am
Julia says...
My IP is lagging as well just on that map and I completely agree with you: It sucks to not be able to play the new map effectively. I mean, you can still start up a resort on an older map but it isn't the same. You have to miss out on all that the new map has to offer. I really wish that it could be resolved but I'm not holding my breath. :(
31st July 2014 10:42am
simloverrrrrr says...
how do you sell your resort without closing the resort?
31st July 2013 6:22pm
simsfacts says...
Well in order to sell it you have to look for the thing when clicking it but I don't think you can do that so keep it and make it fancy but cheap
11th September 2013 8:00pm
Kristiina says...
Check your Real estate through the phone. Then click on the one you want to get rid of and click 'Sell'.
16th December 2013 1:34pm
isabell says...
How do you open a resort tower I'm so confused
16th November 2013 3:56pm
Mockingjay says...
I am getting island paradise today and i want to know what to do for a resort, which one should i buy? does anyone have any other advice on starting a resort??

Thanks xxx
24th December 2013 9:03am
SimmerWithStyle says...
Can you use the new resort building in other towns like Sunset Valley?

Yes. You can transfer them or even make your own.
8th July 2013 11:48am
Simslife says...
do you have to find a island to start building or can u just buy a lot?
28th September 2013 8:36pm
Kristiina says...
You can do both. If you buy a lot then you just have to change the lot type to 'Resort'.
16th December 2013 4:56pm
FearlessFox says...
I know this has nothing to do with resorts, lol, but my sim is supposed to take 1 dish of his desire to another sim as an adventure. Well I've bought/made several dishes and put them in his inventory and it keeps saying "you do not have all required items". But I do. Please help :(
23rd November 2013 8:40pm
SimPerfect says...
How do you become a resort owner if your sims are in Sunset valley? Can i not own Hobart's Hideaway from Sunset?
25th December 2013 10:24pm
Soulbringer says...
Hobart Hideaway is an resort only in the Island Paradise.So no,but I don't know about creating sunset valley resorts.
22nd March 2014 4:33am
VulpineVandal says...
Actually you can own a resort in towns other than Isla Paradisio. While the prebuilt ones are a no-go unless you save them to library then add them to your town, starting a resort in a different world is as simple as selecting "become a resort owner" from the phone menu then buying the empty lot you want to use. I have a resort in Sunset Shores!
7th May 2014 3:19am
ZOZo1202 says...
Is Island Paradise as laggy as seasons?
No. Seasons is laggy because all the effects are more taxing on your computer. Unfortunately, the only thing a person could do about that is turn down the graphics, or disable Seasons and set it to Spring or something, so that you can at least use the other features without taking out the Expansion itself.
4th July 2014 11:39am
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