Chris Burch in partnership with James McBride spent over $30 million in refurbishing an Indonesian beach hostel they acquired in 2012. They re-opened the five-star hotel in 2015 and called it Nihiwatu. In 2016, this leisure center was named the best hotel in the world by the Travel + Leisure.
When interviewed by Business Jet Traveler in 2015, Burch revealed that he bought the hotel for his children. He also added that this endeavor was an opportunity for him to give back to the community. This resort has 27 private villas, including Chris Burch’s home dubbed Raja Mendaka. This division has a main house and four other villas with private plunge pools. This home is also available to visitors who wish to spend their holiday there. This resort is one of the largest local employers on this Indonesian island. Nihiwatu also donates to Sumba Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds local projects to help the community.
Nihiwatu has an indoor & outdoor entertainment area and a two-story tree house. The tree house connects to the villas via a bamboo bridge. Additionally, the tree house has a private infinity pool and a living area. The resort walls are decorated with local wood, Sumbanese antiques, and Ikat prints. The resort offers spa services, which can be done at the beach and in the rooms. Nihiwatu has a wellness center that provides yoga sessions on a daily basis. The yoga instructors can offer private sessions customized to fit a customers’ needs.
About Chris Burch
Christopher Burch is a proficient entrepreneur and the Burch Creative Capital’s CEO. He is also the co-founder of a luxury fashion brand. Burch was named one of the richest men in the United States by the Forbes Magazine. Throughout his career, he has been involved in various businesses in the real estate, film, and fashion industry. Burch is a graduate of Ithaca College where he began his first business Eagle’s Eye Apparel. He was able to grow this business into a multi-million dollar enterprise before selling it.
In 2004, Burch and his wife, Tory, launched a fashion house and named it Tory Burch. He served as the co-president of the brand and owned 28 percent of the company. In 2012, the company was worth over $3.8 billion. He has also established other businesses including C. Wonder and Xcel Brands. Burch has acquired properties worth millions in Indonesia, Southampton, and Massachusetts. He has produced films, such as Watch it, which received lots of positive reviews from the New York Times.