10 Fun Resort Island Ideas For Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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It can seem like such a chore being stranded on an island, trying to rebuild society with a bunch of cute & cuddly animals.

You probably need somewhere to relax from all that building you’re doing.

What you need is a special spot on your island to get away, a resort of sorts, if you will.

Well if you’re looking to design a resort area for your island, these ideas are sure to help. We’ve got spas, pools, and fancy beaches, all to help you take a load off and enjoy the tropical island life.


10. Bamboo Day Spa

Bamboo Day Spa Idea in ACNH
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The bamboo aesthetic is a common one in New Horizons.

And here’s a beautiful example of how to use it in a relaxed setting.

Obviously, you’ll need some bamboo trees here to get started. And you’ll want to carefully place them to provide shade for your lounging guests.

Then you’d also want to chop some bamboo to craft bamboo floor lamps, and a bamboo shelf as well. There are many customization options here, but I think the light wood color goes best in this spa design.

Lastly, you’ll need to purchase a wood burning stove, a whirlpool bath, and some poolside bed. That way you have someplace to lie down and enjoy the summer breeze!


9. Beach Bar

Customized Beach Bar Area - ACNH Idea
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The most important part about making this beachside bar is finding the right location.

Select a nice place by the water, whether it’s the surrounding ocean or a nearby river.

You’d also want some den desks to create the bar area, and some rattan stools to sit on.

Also, try to buy some rattan chairs for the common area too, just to match the bar seats.

And the most important part of any beach scene is all the palm trees and coconuts.

While you can plant palm trees at your leisure, it’s the DIY recipes you can make from them that you’ll want to focus on.

Craft some palm tree lamps for some nighttime mood lighting, and throw in some coconut juice so you’ll have refreshments to pass around.


8. Seaside Lounge

Seaside resort lounge idea - ACNH
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This idea particularly plays well facing out overlooking the open ocean as beachside deck from a hotel.

The rattan furniture is typical for these beach scenes, so be sure to buy some chairs and tables, as well as some poolside beds.

To create the deck flooring, you’ll need to make (or download) some custom designs. It’s worth the effort to truly capture the look of a hotel deck.

My favorite part with this design has to be the stall that holds an infused water dispenser and some coconut juice, both of which you’ll need to craft from fruits.

It’s the little details that make this lounge area worth building.


7. Brunch Lobby

Brunch hotel lobby design - ACNH
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Many resorts often have cute little dining areas to grab a bite. And no meal is better than brunch!

For the reception desk in this design, you’ll need a couple den desks and a menu chalkboard.

I also think the antique chairs and mini tables are a good choice for a fun place to enjoy brunch.

Light herringbone flooring and the beige blossoming walls complement each other nicely. And they complement the meal very nicely.

Brunch couldn’t be complete without some tea sets, so be sure to throw those in there somewhere too.


6. Outdoor Snowy Spa

Outdoor snowy spa in winter - ACNH
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Out of all the seasons to hang outdoors in a relaxing bath, winter is probably your last choice.

However, it sure makes for a beautiful scene.

The sand and poolside beds in this idea both have custom designs that scream “sunny, beachside resort”.

You can also place a cypress bathtub and cypress plants right in the middle, basically the focal point of this spa build.

You’ll also want to plant tons of palm trees in the area, just to collect a bit of snow in the winter and really give this design a wintery sparkle!


5. Infinity Pool

Infinity pool build in ACNH
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Have you seen any pictures of those pools that have no ground surrounding them?

Just a big glass box full of water – and yeah, they look amazing.

Well, this idea recreates one of those infinity pools (to the best of your ability) within New Horizons.

To build this yourself, you’ll want the typical resort decorations such as palm trees, palm tree lamps, coconut juice, and poolside chairs.

But I’m boring myself here.

The part you want to know about is the infinity pool itself. For that, you want to do some construction and sculpt so that the water runs off the backside of a cliff.

Then, surround the rest of the pool with floor lights so the nighttime pool party can begin.


4. Poolside Housing

Poolside housing and hotel area - ACNH
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Lately I’ve been obsessed with creating fun environments for each of my villagers, right outside of their homes.

This fun idea stood out to me because it expertly uses the custom design feature to create an environment to include all my many villagers.

The boardwalks and water styles are both custom designs that you’ll need to pave on the ground from house to house.

You can also use rattan chairs and poolside beds for some waterside furniture.

Lastly, place beach balls in the water for to fit that island resort aesthetic.


3. Enchanted Forest Hot Springs

Hot springs in the forest - ACNH
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This idea is simple, but gorgeous, which tends to be my favorite type of design!

Some jungle wallpaper and flooring is the first step to setting up this gorgeous, natural, indoor resort area.

Next you’ll need a bunch of stones to craft an outdoor bath… to place indoors.

And there are some small touches that I appreciate, like the wooden duck and leaf pile this player crafted. They really make this feel like an outdoor paradise!


2. Tropical Resort

Tropical resort build in ACNH
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Here’s an even more stunning resort idea that uses custom designs as well. And they’re using custom designs in a very unique manner, I might add!

If you crafted some parasols for Festivale, you’ll want to dig them out of your storage and use them here.

They make for great shade for the beach lounge chairs and beach towels positioned along the banks of the river.

And as a finishing touch, purchase tons of life rings to ride down your resort river! (er, at least you can pretend to)


1. Japanese Bathhouse

Custom Japanese-themed Bathouse in ACNH
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This idea uses so many concepts I’ve mentioned earlier, but it brings them together into one flawless concept.

Use rush tatami flooring and shoji screen wallpaper to set up the base of this room.

You’ll also want multiple cypress bathtubs so that everyone has a place to relax.

Also, save up lots of stones, because each of the stone lion-dogs requires 24 stones to craft. And the stone archway needs 90 to craft. Yikes!

Lastly, to wrap up this build yourself, craft some bamboo partitions for a little privacy. And maybe a bamboo shelf area for storage.

Then you’ve got yourself one relaxing resort bathhouse!

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