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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resort Guide

Guest Rooms: Resort Towers and VIP Rooms

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

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Beach Houses
Beach Houses in Island Paradise will hold many Guests

Resort Towers
Resort Towers are for Sims visiting the Resort. They are rabbit holes that can hold dozens of Sims. When checking into Tower Rooms with your Sims, even if you go for a Luxury Suite (VIP Room), you can still use Resort Towers to Freshen Up and Woohoo in them, however.

All Resort Towers can be upgraded aside from the Bungalow. The Upgrade costs and maintenance costs are listed in the table here. Each starts at level one, but can be upgraded twice. This increases the guest capacity, and at level 3 unlocks spa services which are great. Click a Tower to enable Room Service, which guests really like - for the first two levels, this only increases maintenance cost by $25. At max level, all towers charge an increased $50 for Room Service and $50 for Spa Services. Your Sim can even take advantage of this, and save tons of money on visits to the Day Spa.

Having higher-grade and more Towers will raise your Star Rating, either through higher capacity or prettier buildings.

Resort Towers of all levels in Island Paradise
Levels 1-3 of the Eco-Modern Resort Tower

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resort Tower Stats
CostTower NameUpgrade CostsCapacityUpkeep
$800Island Beach Bungalow N/A 9$40
$1,500Beach Resort Tower$5,000, $10,00015, 25, 40$50, $250, $500
$1,600Spanish-Style Resort Cottage$5,000, $10,00015, 25, 40$50, $250, $500
$3,000Eco-Modern Resort Tower$10,000, $25,00030, 50, 70$250, $600, $1750
VIP Rooms in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resort Management Feature
VIP Rooms rent for 50% more but take up more space, still they are perks for your Resort

VIP Rooms
VIP Rooms (Luxury Suites) rent for 50% more than Tower rooms. The guest capacity they add to your resort is based on the number of beds in the VIP area. You can have more than one VIP area, each with its own amenities. There is a 20% chance that a visiting Sim will check into a VIP room. If it weren't for the fact that the game requires you to have at least one tower and front desk on your Resort (or the resort closes), you could try to run a Resort with just VIP areas, although it would not be as profitable as using Towers for they hold many more Sims than you could fit beds in a similar space -- and what VIP room would be worth checking into if it were just a bed?

To add a VIP room, simply build a room or building on your Resort lot. When done, add a door to the front and click it in Live mode. You will have the option to add a new VIP Door Lock, which means only Sims that check into a Luxury Suite can access that area.

Adding a VIP Room or two to your Resort will boost its star rating. While Sims are inside a VIP room, any motives they are increasing will go up 20% faster or decline 20% slower.

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 (35)

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Eline says...
Whenever i build my own VIP room and click on the door to add a VIP lock, my maintenance workers cannot clean or whatever they got to do.
And it doesn't add up to the total amount of guest capacity.
Is this just a bug or something, or am I doing something wrong?

(sorry for my bad English)
This may be a glitch. Try to clear your caches and restart the whole computer then load up to see if that helps.
3rd July 2013 1:32pm
Eline says...
I have cleared my caches, but unfortunately everything remained the same.
Thank you though! :)
Sorry I couldn't offer much more advice. I didn't have this issue so I'm not sure how to help you at this time. If you wouldn't mind, I would suggest signing up for our Sims 3 forum and asking there. The staff and community is one of the friendlist and most helpful I've ever met.
3rd July 2013 2:56pm
Sarah says...
Hi there!
Really want to make a bungalow on the sea but don't no how
To make one? Really struggled. Any help would be much appreciated!
Thanks :)
Are you talking about making a house on the ocean? Just on ocean or attached to land?
4th July 2013 12:24pm
Sarah says...
On hobarts hide away there is a bungalow on the water where guests can stay, it's the VIP suite, one of those.
Do you want it for a house or do you want it for your resort? The easiest way to do this would be to use the new stilted foundations to make a pier like they did before. If you want it to be a VIP room, make sure to add all the needed items like a bed, bathroom, etc. If you want it as a house to live in, same thing - you'll need to use the stilted foundations on a plot of land that is over the water.
4th July 2013 1:05pm
Ashley says...
Hi there !
This may sound dumb. But how do you know
Which level your tower is on?
You can tell by if it's available for an upgrade. The price of the upgrade tells you which stage it's in.
6th July 2013 12:21pm
aenito says...
Also you can know by the maintenance upkeep in the Resort Finances panel.
8th July 2013 2:21pm
Laura says...
My resort is doing great! Four and a half stars so far. My concern is that I never actually see any guests.... I get reviews and the occupancy is 50/50. Are the guests invisible or is my game glitch? :/ Thanks for the awesome tutorials, by the way! So helpful!!
This all depends on your PC I believe. I only ever saw one or two people walking around. Do you have VIP rooms?
8th July 2013 2:11am
nikolas says...
Can I define the price of the luxury suite seperately? Or is the general price?
It's a general price based on the pricing of the resort.
8th July 2013 9:47am
Molly says...
Hello! I built a resort and opened it, but I noticed that the resort tower and VIP rooms were free and couldn't figure out how to get them to cost money, so I gain no profit when Sims come to stay. How can I fix this?
If you own the resort, you don't have to pay. Try selling the resort and renting a room to find out the true cost.
9th July 2013 11:23am
Gunny J. says...
Can you make resort bedrooms and suites without the rabbit hole
The rabbit hole like the front desk are the two mandatory pieces of a resort lot. Without either of these you can't be open.
10th July 2013 11:49am
Kay says...
There's a mod for that. It's a rabbit hole rug. Just go to a certain site that uses the word "mod", a definite article, and the word "sims".
29th July 2013 10:53am
Judi says...
Can you talk a little bit more about the VIP locks? I have two VIP rooms, but when I go to the resort as someone else, a VIP room is not available, even though as the resort owner, I set VIP door locks. Only rooms available are tower rooms. Am I missing something? Thank you.
That could just mean that the VIP rooms have already been let out to townies. VIP rooms aren't reserved solely for player controlled Sims.
11th July 2013 12:39pm
Domonique says...
I don't know whether I'm just being stupid, but I don't get an option to upgrade my guest towers.
I've deleted them and replaced them but its not made any difference.
Please help =[
Do you have the money to do it? Just click on the towers themselves and it should be an option. Make sure to remove any CC and mods if it continues.
14th July 2013 8:26am
Stephanie says...
I was feeling very ambitious & made 8 VIP rooms. When I was assigning the VIP doors, the bubble gave options for different VIP numbers (0-6 I believe). What exactly does that mean? And can the rooms have the same number?
If you want rooms to have the same number they can.  You can assign rooms different VIP access numbers though too.
14th July 2013 2:05pm
Shannon says...
I made a resort on one of the beaches, and it seems that the one reason that its not getting more stars is because its infested with cockroaches, how do I get rid of them? I love your site, you are very helpful, I have learned a lot from you!
Look underground.  There have been issues of roaches appearing underground.  You may want to turn on buydebug to see the spawners.
20th July 2013 4:16pm
Thomas says...
Have the same problem.. My guests are complaining about the bugs.. I have killed the one i can see but how do i kill the rest?? How do i turn buydebug on?
27th September 2013 11:28am
anne says...
Hold Ctrl + Shift + N and type "testingcheatsenabled true", hold Ctrl + Shift + N again and type "buydebug on". Then go to buy mode, though I did this to get rid of the bugs and I couldn't see any bug generator there.
28th September 2013 2:38pm
Hailey says...
I just finished building an entire resort complete with 3 suites, 7 large guest rooms, 6 small guest rooms( I used blueprints, the small ones are the rooms with two beds the large have one larger bed.) but anyway i also included two dining areas a gym two bars and im about to add a pool and so on, but i just clicked done and it says i need a tower too, does this mean that i would have to (Or should) delete all the guest rooms?? if i place one tower will people still check into the guest rooms?
Yes you have to have a tower but you can have it plus the guest rooms.  The guest rooms are more for VIP than normal guests though.
21st July 2013 4:49pm
Kay says...
Look at my reply to Gunny J., if it showed up. There is a rabbit hole rug mod that will allow you to skip the towers. Just do a search for the mod. It's on a very popular mod site for the Sims.
29th July 2013 10:55am
Jessy says...
Why won't to let me have more then on VIP suite ?
You need to make sure that you are choosing different locks not the same one
23rd July 2013 12:54am
Chris Savage says...
Real shame you can't customize towers as I would love to make a mountain retreat but the beach huts just look strange - would have liked to see more types with different upgrades. Adventure / couples family etc. Enjoyable but to simplistic to add much to the game
30th July 2013 4:38am
Rachel says...
Can you just buy a resort tower from the Buy menu? (I don't have the game yet, so this might be a really stupid question. Sorry)
31st July 2013 5:33pm
Kerry says...
Whenever I try checking in to any resort, it would freeze. What do I do because it gets really annoying. Please help thanks in advance.
If you're in a self-employment career it's going to keep doing it until we get a patch.
7th August 2013 5:19pm
Norinia says...
hey can you stack V.I.P rooms by setting the lock on second floor rooms that can be accessed by stairs?
Yes. The VIP rooms for the starting spanish resort are actually on the second floor.
11th August 2013 11:52am
Utsho says...
I have made 4 VIP suites like a 4 storied building using blueprints.I have also made staircases for each floor as well as locks for each rooms.But whenever I check, nobody comes to the VIP rooms.So I'm not getting the revenue properly.Can you help me please?
9th September 2013 12:53am
LadySuncrusher says...
I am not sure if this is the right place for this question, however, I have downloaded this really nice looking custom resort but cannot place it due to an already existing desk, when desk is removed it reverts back to 'no visitors allowed' please advise
22nd September 2013 7:32am
Lisa says...
I really want to build a two story resort, but every time I try to build the second level it tells me the ceiling is to low. What am I doing wrong? How do I build the second level?
26th September 2013 11:48pm
Custume says...
1 thing , Underground ??

Like, you can add diner areas underground , ow about vip rooms ??

Pools its impossable , jakuzi too , try the diner, longe and the loby and looks good, but dony know how to do the vips ones (underground) they can be rooms in a baseman right ?? just need a vip door ?!??!

29th September 2013 1:13pm
Elisa says...
How do i make the costume server better? Everyone is complaining about it but i have no idea how to upgrade
11th October 2013 1:45pm
clare says...

Ive built my second hotel now but I think I had it in play mode to often before it was properly up and running so when I finished it, it shut down because I never realised it had been open throughout the building process. It told me it wont allow me to reopen until its improved, although, theirs nothing else I could possibly do to it. I think its all to do with costs. Its a great hotel and I dont want to lose it.

Can you help me please?
28th October 2013 11:11am
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