The Nihiwatu Resort in Indonesia, owned by accomplished businessman and entrepreneur Christopher Burch, was named the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2016. Nihiwatu, which is located on the Indonesian island of Sumba, was first opened in 2015 after three years of renovations. The hotel is the brainchild of Chris Burch and hotel veteran James McBride, and the pair spent around 30 million dollars building and renovating Nihiwatu after purchasing the island it stands on in 2012.
Given Nihiwatu’s luxurious accommodations, it’s no surprise that it was named the best hotel in the world. The hotel is located on the west coast of Sumba and boasts beautiful beachfronts and 27 private villas. Nihiwatu is also surrounded by lush plant life, and guests can enjoy private plunge pools at each villa as well as spa treatments, surfing lessons and trips to nearby waterfalls, among other amenities.
When Burch and McBride bought the land in 2012, it was a hostel owned by a couple from New Jersey, but their $30 million renovations soon turned it into the five-star hotel that it is today. Nihiwatu has also turned into the largest local employer on Sumba, and a portion of its profits are donated to the Sumba Foundation to help support the local communities.
Christopher Burch is an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman with a background in a wide variety of fields, from fashion to technology to real estate. He began his career in 1976 when he and his Brother Bob founded Eagle’s Eye apparel while still in college. The clothing brand soon grew to be worth $165 million, and after they sold it, Chris Burch became an investor in the Internet Capital Group.
Currently, Mr. Burch is the principal of the financial consulting firm Burch Creative Capital, and he also boasts a diverse portfolio of brands. These include, but are not limited to, the apparel and home decor brand C.Wonder, ED by Ellen Degeneres, Cocoon9 luxury homes, and Poppin, an office supply business, (inc.com). Mr. Burch is also involved in a variety of philanthropic enterprises, including the Sumba Foundation, the China Association of Social Work and the Henry Street Settlement. Additional article on ideamensch.com.