The world’s best hotel is Nihi Sumba Island. This is the second consecutive year Travel + Leisure has given the award to the 5-star resort located on an Indonesian island so remote it’s like another world. Built by the fashion mogul Chris Burch and opened in 2015, it resort cost $30 million. That’s in addition to the millions Burch and hotelier James McBride paid in 2012 for the beach hostel that originally sat on Sumba Island. The resort features 27 private villa each with its own plunge pool. One of them is Burch’s private home, Raja Mendaka, which rents for $14,000 a night. Check on wingsjournals.com for additional article.
Located on Sumba’s west Coast, Nihi is the island’s largest employer. The resort features a huge indoor-outdoor area for entertaining and breathtaking views of Nihi Beach and the Indian Ocean. There’s a waterfall with a spa underneath and each villa has a butler. There are horseback-riding trips on the beach, through the hills and near the rain forest and rice fields. There are also two-story tree houses with a private infinity pool. Guest can also enjoy the blue lagoon and daily spa and yoga sessions. Sumba’s beach is a surfer’s paradise and the resort offers lessons for the guests. Browse here for related article.
Burch, who splits his time between Sumba Island, Miami and the Hamptons, said he bought the property for his children. He also wants to preserve it as well as give back to the community in which it’s located. The hotel gives a portion of its profits to the Sumba Foundation, which funds projects that help the local community. Burch and McBride plan to build similar resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Additional article to read on architecturaldigest.com
Serial entrepreneur Christopher Burch is active in a diverse range of industries. They include fashion, real estate and technology. He started his career in 1976 while a student at Itchica College. He invest $2,000 and with Bob, his brother, founded Eagles Eye apparel. They eventually sold the company for $165 million. Chris Birch is Burch Creative Capital’s founder and CEO. The company has invested in several popular brands. ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Poppin, Cocoon9, Voss Water, Jawbone and Faena Hotel + Universe are just a few of them. Refer to bjtonline.com for more reading
A socially conscious individual, Burch has contributed to the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, The Child Welfare League of China, The China Association of Social Work, The Henry Street Settlement and numerous other organizations.
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