The formula for a 5 star resort comes down to two parts, amenities and workers. Once you know which amenities are needed it is easier to get a 5 star resort than you think at first!
Note: If you want to keep the resort management challenge please do not read further here and to go to the next article: Building your own resort.
Amenities are the items like pool bars, buffet tables that make Sims happy. In the buy mode there is a new sub menu (Sort by Function > Resorts) that show all the Resort Items that will positively influence your star rating.
Here is the full list of items and settings your Resort should have to get a 5 star rating:
|Buffet Tables||8 Tables – 1 dedicated to each type of food.|
Set food quality on High
|Firewalking pit||1 seems to be enough on Hot|
|Foodstand||Set food quality on High|
|Gym||Have at least three Gym items on the resort|
|Hot tub||Set water temperature on Hot|
|Landscaping||Build enough trees, flowers, schrubs and rocks till you stop seeing the + while placing one.|
|Late Night Bar||If you have Late Night installed you can use the bars that came with it for your Resort.|
|Pool||Set on Chlorinated, bigger pools with decoration (slide/diving board/waterfall) make it easier to get a5 star resort.|
|Pool bar||Set drink special on Fresh-N-Fruity|
|Resort Tower||Upgraded to lvl 3|
Room and Spa service on
All the amenities are basically a math sum that gets you 100% (5 star) in many different ways. For instance a resort with a big pool and a lot of pool decorations but no wedding arch can still get a 5 star rating.
As a shortcut, in buy/build mode you can ctrl-shift click on all the items to select the setting you want. No need to go to live-mode first!
While I do not list it as a required item, you should also keep in mind that well decorated rooms keep Sims happy. If you are stuck getting that last 0.5 star try placing more decoration in your Rooms. Then it is just waiting a few Sim days to get the perfect reviews.
Sims also like when a resort is near the ocean/beach but this is something extra, not a requirement for a 5 star resort.
If your reviews ever complain about lines in front of fire pits or crowded hot tubs this means you should place a second one of that item.
There are several places on your resort that will need Sims to work on! You can decide to have your own Sim work there to save Simoleons or hire a worker but if you hire someone make sure they work all 3 shifts (day, evening, night).
Here are all the locations that need workers:
|Item||How to operate|
|Front desk||Click on Front desk > Set Shifts for Front Desk|
|Food Stand||Click on Food Stand > Set Shifts for Food Stand|
|Maintenance||Click on Front desk > Resort Management > Manage Maintenance Crew Hire 3 High Quality Maintenance Workers|
|Pool Bar||Click on Pool Bar > Set Shifts for Pool Bar|
If you have all the amenities and Sims working on all locations you will get a 5 star rating in no time.
Next Step: Building your own Resort
If you want to find out how to make your own resort, for instance in Dragon Valley, click here.
Do you want to build a resort with little effort, look at the Blueprints that came with Island Paradise!
Are you completely lost with resort management? Click here for frequently asked questions.
Go back to previous articles!
The Basics of Making Resorts.