Chris Burch; Owner of Nihiwatu, The Best Hotel In The World

Chris Burch is successful venture capitalist, investor and businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital LLC. His love for business started as a young boy running errand for his father’s business. At the time, his father owned a mining supplies company. But, he only seriously got into business during his time studying at Ithaca College. In the year 1996, Chris Burch and his brother started Eagle’s Eye, an apparel company that would distribute sweaters at a profit. The two only startedwith $2,000. They would buy the cardigans at $10 and later sell them at $15. By the time they were selling company, in the 80s, the company was worth over $140 million.  Check for additional article.

Since Eagle’s Eye Apparrel, Chris Burch has never looked back. He has been making investments in almost every industry, so long as it makes profits. Currently, he is the co-owner of one of the best resorts in the world, Nihiwatu.

Nihiwatu used to be a beach hostel in one of the remote islands of Indonesia, Sumba Island. Chris Burch and his business partner James McBride bought the hostel, in the year 2012 and started renovating it. The renovations were completed in the year 2015 and cost the duo about $30 million.

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This resort was voted by Travel + Leisure as the best hotel in the world as at the year 2016. So, what makes it stand out from the rest of the resorts in the world? Firstly, are the private villas. Each of these private villas has a plush pool so you can still have maximum fun even as you maintain privacy.

Secondly, is Raja Mendaka, Burch’s private home. The home consists of a main house and four additional villas that are available to guests. Raja Mendaka’s plunge pool has a great view of the Indian Ocean and the Nihi Beach. The main house has also an indoor- outdoor entertaining area.

The resort has two tree houses. One of them is the main tree house. Even if the both are two-storied, their difference lies in the amenities. The main tree house has a private infinity pool and a living area. But, the two do have a bathroom, bedroom and balcony. And, they are connected to each other by a bamboo bridge.

Today, Nihiwatu is the largest employer in Sumba Island. Other than creating employment, the resort donates some of its profits to the local charity organization, Sumba Foundation.  Read related article on

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