What would define the best hotel in the world? For Travel + Leisure, it is everything that Nihiwatu has to offer.
Nihiwatu has risen from a simple beach hostel to the best hotel in the world under the management of Chris Burch and co-founder James McBride. Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba, Nihiwatu is a top destination for tourists visiting Indonesia. However, even Chris Burch admits that its success is unprecedented.
According to Burch, the resort was meant to be a gift for his children and also a way to give back to the community. That still remains the goal, but the future is much brighter now. Burch and co-founder McBride spent over $30 million renovating the once simple beach hostel, and today it boasts of amenities and sceneries unrivalled in the world. Additional article on fashionista.com.
To start with, Nihiwatu has 27 private villas, with each villa apparently having a private butler. Additionally, the resort features amenities such as spas under waterfalls, massage parlors, traditional Sumbanese antiques, Ikat prints, two-storey tree-houses with fully-furnished villas, pools, and so much more. However, it is the island’s serene setting and natural beauty that gives it its status. In fact, it is nicknamed “The Edge of the Wilderness” for its isolation from the rest of the world.
Nihiwatu overlooks the vast ocean and has the island’s lush greenery in its background. The name Nihiwatu actually means “mortar stone” because of a rock formation that rises just slightly on the tide. Additionally, there are amazing nature trails that visitors can take to explore the well-preserved island and get to interact with the locals’ culture.
Chris Burch also has his own private home with four villas on the island, and he reportedly splits his time between the resort, Miami, and the Hamptons. His private home is also available to guests whenever it is not occupied.
Nihiwatu is reportedly the largest local employer on the island of Sumba. It also dedicates some of its profits to the Sumba Foundation, which was formed to fund projects that help the local community. Related article on businessinsider.com.
Chris Burch is a serial entrepreneur with a vast portfolio scoping industries such as fashion, real estate, technology, and hospitality. Click this very helpful link. His core focus is on fashion, and he is the founder of several renowned brands including Tory Burch and C. Wonder. He is currently the Principal of Burch Creative Capital that constitutes top brands such as Nihiwatu, Cocoon9, Poppin, and Ed by Ellen DeGeneres. Check this on bjtonline.com.
Have an overview of Burch Creative Capital investment portfolio on http://www.burchcreativecapital.com/portfolio/