Chris Burch’s Edge of Wilderness- Nihiwatu
Chris Burch is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital. He has near 40 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience with interests spanning from fashion, technology, hospitality, real estate, organic foods among others. Chris Burch believes in applying imagination, creativity, incubation, support, and scale, which leads to disruptive brands and business that have direct positive and lasting impact on consumers’ lives. Learn more, head over to burchcreativecapital.com.
Mr. Burch’s first investment was Eagles Eye Apparel in which he partnered with his brother but later sold it to Swire Group. He has a great understanding of customer behaviors as well as harnessing employee’s talents for the greater success of the business. To read more and know him more, visit his website here.
Chris Burch and his partner James Mc Bride are the current owners of the World’s Best Hotel “Nihiwatu” according to the 2016 statistics. The two bought the beach hostel on the west coast of Sumba, a remote Indonesian Island, from a New Jersey couple and renovated it turning it into a luxurious five-star beach resort in 2015. Check wingsjournal.com.
The Resort has 27 private villas each with separate plunge pools. The “Raja Mendaka” is Chris Burch’s private home having the main house and four additional villas with views over Nidhi Beach and across the Indian Ocean as well as a large outdoor entertaining area. Also, the resort has two, two-story tree -houses intricately connected by a bamboo bridge. Each villa has a bedroom, bathroom, and a balcony. The main tree house also has a living area and private infinity pool.
A stay at the hotel gives one the chance to enjoy services like spa treatments, daily yoga sessions, surf sessions, and lessons among others. Surf lessons are tailored to the amount of experience in surfing that one has. Those who need surfing lessons are taken to a neighboring bay called the Coconut Grove which is calmer. Guests can trek to nearby waterfalls, jump off the rocks, and swim. Besides waterfall excursions, there are riding stables with team guides who take out guests on a sunset beach horseback- riding trip.
The resort has come with many major benefits for the locals. It provides numerous local employment opportunities to the locals, and besides that, it actively participates in development projects by setting aside part of the proceeds to the Sumba Foundation which funds local community projects.
The two partners intend to build more resorts in Costa Rica and Nicaragua which are more accessible to millennials. Additional article on architecturaldigest.com.
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