Chris Burch is an entrepreneur. He has started investing in the hospitality industry. Chris and James McBride purchased a beach hostel in 2012 on the Indonesian Island of Sumba. James McBride is an hotelier. The two partners spent approximately $30 million in the renovation of the hostel. They reopened the beach hostel as a five-star resort and named it Nihiwatu in 2015. Travel + Leisure voted the Nihiwatu Resort as the world’s best hotel in 2016. Business Jet Traveler interviewed Chris in 2015. Chris Burch said that he bought the resort for his children and as a piece of land that they could preserve and also give back to the society.
Chris Burch says that there are many good things that you can do in a place where there is a beautiful palette. Such things include building a spa beneath a waterfall, putting a butler in each room, and going to places where others have not reached. Chris says that the beach resort turned out to be more than what he expected. He says that this is rare since things turn into less most of times. The Wall Street Journal reports that Chris divides his time between the Hamptons, Miami, and Nihiwatu. The beach resort comprises of 27 private villas including the private home of Chris Burch, Raja Mendaka. That section of the resort comprises of a main house and four additional villas where each of them has a private plunge pool.
Nihiwatu is located on Sumba’s west coast. It has been nicknamed the edge of wilderness. The resort was previously owned by a couple who were from New Jersey. Nihiwatu is now the biggest employer in the Sumba Island. Part of the profits from the hotel is given out to the Sumba Foundation which in turn funds projects to assist the local community.
Chris Burch is the CEO and also the founder of the Burch Creative Capital. Chris is an active investor and entrepreneur who has invested in various industries for more than 40 years. Chris Burch is behind the establishment of many luxury and technology brands such as Jawbone, Voss Water, Faena Hotel, and Poppin. Chris previously served on the Board of the Continuum Group and Guggenheim Capital. Chris Burch started his journey as an entrepreneur in 1976. Chris partnered with his brother and started an eagle’s eye apparel during his undergraduate studies. The business was successful before they sold it to Swire Group.