Christopher Burch: The Rise of Nihi Resort

Christopher Burch: The Rise of Nihi Resort

In 2012, Christopher Burch, a billionaire stakeholder bought a surf resort on an isolated Indonesian island of Sumba. He spent three years and $30 million in the renovation of the property. The five-star resort is known as Nihi Resort. Later on, it was reopened under the management of a renowned hotelier and creative marketer, James McBride. In one year, the establishment was listed among one of the best hotels worldwide in the Travel and Leisure’s prestigious list. In 2016 and 2017, Nihi Resort was voted number one by the publication’s readers.  To read more about the resort, check forbes.com.

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Chris Burch is the founder of C. Wonder, which sells home décor items and apparel directly to consumers on QVC. He has invested in Little Ducks Organics and other technology brands including Jawbone, NextJump, and Powermat.  Additional article on bjtonline.com

Burch had financed the Faena Hotel and Universe in Buenos Aires ten years ago. Industrial designer Philippe Starck and Alan Faena directed the investment. The investors turned a grain miller into a five-star hotel.

Previously, the resort was an isolated paradise where surfers came to seek surfing waves in the Indian Ocean. Claude and Petra Graves who arrived on the island in 1988 owned the resort. Unfortunately, the business could not prosper due to the health, social welfare, and financial crisis among the islanders. To overcome these challenges, tribal elders worked together with the Graves and a technology entrepreneur. As a result, Sumba Foundation was initiated. The foundation depends on charity to fund humanitarians’ hard work. Later on, Burch bought the resort from the Graves. He collaborated with McBride, and they developed the resort and marketed it internationally.

Christopher Burch began his journey to success in 1979 while he was a student at Ithaca College. Together with his brother, Bob, they invested $2000 to start a company called Eagle’s Eye apparel. The business grew to $165 million, and later they sold it to Swire Group. Mr. Burch has financed several real estate ventures both locally and internationally. Some of these investments include luxury homes in Florida, Palm Beach. Related article on architecturaldigest.com.

Chris is the CEO and founder of Burch Creative Capital. He is also the co-founder of Tory Burch, a luxury fashion brand. Christopher Burch is always enthusiastic about the power of calling. He has the intelligence of sales and marketing to business welfares spanning apparel, technology, financial services, consumer products, and hospitality.  For an overview of his diverse investments, hop over to crunchbase.com.

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Chris Burch, The Serial Entrepreneur

Nihi Sumba Island has been voted as the best hotel in the world for two consecutive years now. Formerly known as Nihiwatu the luxury resort is the most outstanding 5-star hotel in Indonesia and even beats the likes of Brando luxury resort which was Obama’s recent vacation spot.

Chris Burch is the man behind the Nihi resort and is best known for being the brains behind several internationally known retail brands such as C. Wonder and Tory Burch and many other investments.

Nihi was previously a beach hostel in the Indonesian island of Sumba. Burch, together with James McBride, an hotelier bought the island in the year 2012 and spent 30 million dollars to revamp the hostel to a five-star resort which they opened in 2015.  Check businessinsider.com.

Burch said in an interview with the Business Jet Travelers in 2015, that the reason he invested in the hotel is for his children and that he also wanted to give back to the community. According to Burch Nihi is a place where you can do things that you cannot do anywhere else such as building a spa under a waterfall, have a butler in every room and go to places where no one has ever been to.  Check this relevant article on interview.net.

The Wall Street journal states that Burch does split his time between three places and that is Miami, the Hamptons, and his Indonesia five star resort. Nihi is composed of 27 private villas and among them is Raja Mendaka which is Burch’s private home. The area where Burch’s home is, has a main house and four additional villas each having a private plunge pool.  Related article on wingsjournal.com

Chris Burch is a serial entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Burch Creative Capital. Creative Capital boasts of exciting brands such as Cocoon 9, ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Nihiwatu and much more. For nearly forty years now Burch has been an active investor across a wide range of industries which includes fashion, technology, and real estate. Burch has also contributed to the rise of world renowned technology and luxury brands such as Faena Hotel, Jawbone, Voss Water and Poppin among many others.

Burch began his career in 1976 as an undergraduate student at Ithaca College. Burch together with his brother Bob started Eagles Eye apparel with an initial capital of $2,000 and grew the business to $165 million dollars. They later sold the business to Swire Group. Mr. Burch since then has never looked back, and today he boasts of having a diverse investment portfolio of several domestic and international real estate ventures, luxury homes and hotels.

To read more, visit  http://christopherburch.com/