Christopher Burch’s Resort is Named the Best in the World
Christopher Burch and James McBride acquired a hostel on Sumba Island in Indonesia in 2012. They invested millions of dollars in its renovation. It was reopened as Nihiwatu in 2015. Travel + Leisure named Nihiwatu the best hotel in the world last year. Burch said that he bought it for his children and saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community of the island. He noted that the beauty of the region allowed them to try out new concepts and come up with unique experiences that could not be accomplished elsewhere.
It has a butler in every room. Its star attraction is the spa that is located under a waterfall. The resort has 27 private villas in addition to four villas that have private pools. The Raja Mendaka is the private home of Chris Burch, but guests are allowed to reside in it. Nihiwatu is one of the largest employers on the island. It has helped to uplift the standard of living. Yoga sessions are held at the wellness center daily. Guests have the option of getting private classes. Surf slots are available for a small fee. Tailored lessons cost only $250 per person. A percentage of the profit of the resort is donated towards the Sumba Foundation. The foundation supports local projects that are aimed at helping the people in the region.
Chris Burch is the co-founder of the popular clothing line known as Tory Burch. He ventured into entrepreneurship while he was still in college. He co-founded Eagle’s Eye Apparel with his brother. The enterprise was started with a seed investment of $2000. It grew to become worth $150 million. The success of Eagle’s Eye Apparel led to its acquisition by the Swire Group. Burch became one of the first investors of the Internet Capital Group after the sale of the company. It had a satisfactory IPO. He started C. Wonder in 2011 and grew it to become an international retail brand. The company was sold to Xcel Brands after a few years. For more reading, hop over to this.
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Chris Burch is a real estate developer. He has luxury homes in Florida, Nantucket, and New York. He teamed up with an hotelier and an architect to develop the Faena Hotel + Universe in Argentina. His philanthropic donations have supported several non-profits and foundations such as the Henry Street Settlement, NYU Langone, and Mt. Sinai Hospital. He has done brand activations for Ellen DeGeneres, TRADEMARK, and Cocoon9. More of this on bjtonline.com.
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