For two years in a row, Travel & Leisure has called shots for Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia, for being the best hotel worldwide, triumphing over Obama’s vacation spot, Brando. Entrepreneur Mogul Chris Burch, famous for his other ventures including C. Wonder and Tory Burch, is the architect behind the luxury island. Merging efforts with James McBride, the two spent $30 million remodeling the former beach hostel and turned it into a five-star resort.
Burch, during an interview with Business Jet Traveler, confirmed that his reason for buying the beach hotel was to have a chance to preserve something, give back to the community, and also for his children. He wanted a new experience, something not familiar to other places. A chance to have a butler in every room or even have a spa built under a waterfall. As stated by Wall Street Journal, Burch is spoilt for choice as he can either spend time in Miami, the Hamptons, or in his resort in Nihi. Check this interview of Burch on ceocfointerviews.com
Nihi means a mortar stone, and the name comes from a particular rock formation from the tides. It is on the west coast of Sumba, a secluded island in Indonesia. It currently has 27 private villas, with a rate of $750 per night during low seasons. Every villa has plunge pools. Raja Mendaka, Burch’s home, is one of the villas, and for one to spend a night in Burch’s’ house whose plunge pool has a view towards the Indian Ocean, they pay $14,000.
Burch and McBride first bought the beach hostel in 2012 from a New Jersey Couple, remodeling to what is now Nihi in 2015. They had first named it Nihiwatu. Since its opening, it has offered many job opportunities to the local population. A fraction of profits gained by the hotel goes to the Sumba Foundation, an organization geared towards helping the local community through funding projects.
Nihi has a beach spa, wellness center, waterfall excursions and being a surfer’s paradise; one may also enjoy surfing at a fee of $125 during the high season. Those in need of surfing lessons get it at a price of $250. More to read on businessinsider.com.
Soon, Burch and McBride are planning to set up resorts in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Mr. Burch is a serial entrepreneur. Having started in 1976, he has extensive experience in investment. Chris is the CEO of Burch Creative Capital and has geared towards the success of many brands such as Voss water and Popping. Check on this to read more about Burch and his company. His entrepreneurial journey started when he was still an undergraduate. Together with his brother Bob, they invested $20,000 to start up Eagle Eye, later sold at $165 million to Swire Group.
Burch has a keen sense of marketing and sales. He has an appetite for new market opportunities and strives towards making a positive and lasting impact on the consumer through coming up with compelling brands and businesses. For an update on Burch timeline activities, hit crunchbase.com.
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