After co-founding and founding some of the most successful retail brands globally, Chris Burch is taking his entrepreneurial skills to the hospitality industry. Burch partnered with James McBride, a hotelier, to create the beach resort located on a remote Indonesian island. The pair spent over $30 million on renovations to the hotel and then opened it in 2015. The resort has received numerous accolades since its opening.

In a recent interview, Burch said that he bought the resort for his children and as something, he hopes he can preserve and give back to the community. The resort, named Nihiwatu, will have 27 private villas, which will include his private home.   A must-read interview of Burch here.

About Nihiwatu

The resort, which has been nicknamed “The Edge of Wilderness” is located on the west coast of a remote island called Sumba. The resort has become the biggest local employer on the small island. Additionally, part of the profits from the hotel goes to the Sumba Foundation to fund local projects.

At the resort, there is a pair of two-story tree houses that are connected to a bamboo bridge. All villas have a bedroom, bathroom, and a balcony. The main tree house also has an infinity pool and a living area.

The resort also features a beach spa although treatment can be done inside the rooms. There are daily group yoga sessions at the wellness center. Additionally, private classes are offered for individuals who need them. The beach at this resort is a surfer’s paradise. At the resort, no more than 10 surfers are allowed in the water at one time. A surf slot costs $125 per person during the peak season. For newbies, surf lessons are offered at $250 per person. Related article on

Other Activities

You can book excursions to the waterfalls via the resort. The trip entails a 90-minute trek to a blue lagoon where visitors can take a swim. The excursion costs $175 per person. There is a nearby bay called Coconut Groove. It is a calmer place where newbies can learn how to swim.

Horseback rides are also possible. A team of guides will take the guests on horseback rides along the beach. A horse whisperer on the island trains riders how to connect with the horses.

About Chris Burch

Chris Burch is a serial entrepreneur who has a diverse investment portfolio. He has invested in industries such as fashion, real estate, and technology.  For a glimpse of his recent timeline activities, hit   He began his journey into entrepreneurship while he was still in school. While still in college, he and his brother launched an apparel company, which they sold for $165 million. Today, he is the principal of Burch Capital. The company has an exciting portfolio. He has partnered with brands such as Coocon9 and Poppin. Visit their website, click

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