The Sims 3 Island Paradise introduces resort management to the game; finally our sims can run a business! Resort management is much more detailed than owning a venue, which was the only way to sort of run a business before. I’m going to share some tips with you to help you get the most out of managing resorts in the new Island Paradise expansion pack.
The first tip I have for you is to start small. Unless you just want a resort for your sims to visit when they need a break from their homes, you shouldn’t build a huge resort right away. To get the most out of your resort management, you should give your resort time to develop. It takes time for guests to visit your resort, leave reviews, and spread the word about how great your resort is. If you build a huge, full featured resort right away, your sims would likely lose money on all the expenses and the resort could go out of business quickly, even if it’s the most beautiful and amazing looking resort!
The new town, Isla Paradiso, includes a rundown resort called Hobart’s Hideaway. Your sims can buy this resort for §0–what an amazing deal! Fixing up this resort will also help you learn the ropes of resort management before you set off to build your own amazing resort. You can buy the resort using the real estate options on the phone, drop by city hall, or just click on the resort when your sim is cruising by!
The two things all resorts must have in order to operate are a front desk and a resort tower. The front desk includes most of the options you need for managing your resort, including setting the price for guests to stay at your resort (best to start off at the affordable level), managing maintenance staff, checking the resort finances, etc.
One of the biggest challenges to enjoying resorts is working around the resort towers! These are big objects that cannot be fully customized, but they are essential to running a successful resort. The majority of your guests will stay in the resort tower, and the bulk of your profits will come from having at least one. If you truly hate the look of the resort towers, you can hide them in a basement below ground–just make sure to add stairs and have enough room around the tower for guests to get in and out of it. Also, if you just want to manage a small resort, you can open your resort with just one beach bungalow tower.
Your resort guests will need to be able to eat while they’re staying at your resort. You can provide room service by clicking on the resort tower and setting the room service option to ON, but a buffet will be needed. Your guests will always complain about your resort not providing their favourite buffet option unless you add 8 buffet tables with each type of food available, but you can start small and place buffet tables as you can afford them. Make sure your resort has seating for at least 8 sims in the dining area.
The food stand is another great option for feeding your guests. The food stand sells special snacks and drinks, and has an attendant. You can customize the outfit of your food stand attendant also, just by clicking on the stand. Both the food stand and the buffet tables offer three levels of quality. In the beginning, it’s best to start off with the lower quality food options and improve them as your profits increase.
Guests at your sim resort will also need fun activities to make their stay more enjoyable. A firewalking pit is a must-have for any resort! You will also need to provide a gym for the guests to burn off all the food they consume at the buffet. If you have two treadmills and two weight machines, that will be enough to please your guests. When you can afford it, feel free to expand your gym even more.
Of course, no resort is complete without a pool! It doesn’t have to be huge, but you should add a pool that is large enough to include a pool bar for the adults and a slide for the kids. A diving board and a decorative waterfall are also great options if you have space for them! Once you add the pool, make sure to click on it and select the “Chlorinate” option to keep the pool clean and fresh. A hot tub is another great addition to any resort. You can set the temperature by clicking on it. Since hot tubs get broken easily, I highly recommend upgrading it to unbreakable as soon as you place it in your resort (a high quality maintenance crew wont help the resort if they keep getting electrocuted by a broken hot tub).
Once you have all of these features in place, you can add a few extra things for your guests to enjoy. A wedding reception area is definitely a nice touch to any resort, especially if you place it in a location with a gorgeous view! There are several wedding blueprints available in the resort blueprints catalog–I added one of the beach style blueprints and then customized it to my liking.
Excellent landscaping and interior decorating will also boost the overall rating of your resort. Guests enjoy having a lot of plants around the resort, as well as paintings and sculptures.
Upgrading your resort tower will provide more rooms for guests and is an excellent investment because more guests leads to more profits. A fully upgraded resort tower can also provide spa services (click on the tower and select toggle spa services ON).
The maintenance crew is very important to running a successful resort. Hire 3 high quality maintenance workers as soon as you can afford it. They will keep the place tidy and fix anything that needs to be repaired. You should hire a maintenance crew even if you plan to have your sim work at the resort daily. I found there are certain tasks (like cleaning the buffet table) that only the maintenance crew can perform.
Last but not least, adding VIP guest rooms really gives your resort the right feel! Guest rooms increase the maximum occupancy of your resort according to the beds you add (a double bed increases it by 2, whereas a single only boosts occupancy by 1). Add a new VIP lock to the door of each guest room you add in order to prevent random guests from entering the rooms. If you want to make adjoining rooms, click on the door you want to connect and select “Add to VIP lock” and make sure to select the same number as the VIP lock you put on the other room. (The maintenance crew can still enter the VIP rooms to clean them, but your sim will not be able to without removing the locks.)
Resort tower occupancy
- Beach Bungalow (single) 9 guests
- Beach Tower Level 1 15 guests, Level 2 25 guests, Level 3 40 guests
- Spanish Tower Level 1 15 guests, Level 2 25 guests, Level 3 40 guests
- Eco Modern Tower Level 1 30 guests, Level 2 50 guests, Level 3 70 guests
Anything else you add to your resort, such as a sauna or bowling lane, will not boost your resort’s rating, but will add to your personal enjoyment of the resort management gameplay. I’ve added entertaining objects like slot machines, television sets, and arcade games and I do enjoy watching the guests play and have fun at the resort. Feel free to add as much stuff as you want to make your resort unique and interesting, but keep in mind that most things your resort needs will be found in the resort tab of the buy mode, or in the resort blueprints.
I hope these tips help you to get the most enjoyment out of the awesome new resort management feature! Feel free to ask any questions you have about resorts, and I will do my best to answer them.
You might also be interested in taking a look at my first custom resort, Highborn Haven.