Billionaire investor and entrepreneur Chris Burch has recently involved himself in a real estate endeavor that is a bit off the mark — in more ways than one. Beginning in 2012, Mr. Burch went to work with a few other partners to enhance a remote surfer hot spot into a unique, high-end travel destination.
This endeavor was recently outlined in an on-line piece posted on “Wings Journal“. In this article we learn that the five-star resort called “Nihi” is located on Sumba, a remote island in Indonesia. Sumba is indeed remote, but is reachable via a 50-minute flight from Bali. Historically, the location has remained fairly uninhabited and little visited since its discovery by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. Starting in the 1980s, Sumba began to attract surfers who came to ride its famous 20-foot left-breaking waves.
Fast forward to 2012 and Chris Burch “rediscovering” this remote paradise. At that time, Burch learned that Claude and Petra Graves, back in 1988, had found this “perfect wave” location and decided to build a resort that would allow outsiders to enjoy this unique spot while preserving its quaint and quiet environment. Fascinated by this local and this vision, Mr. Burch worked with the famed hotelier, James McBride, to enhance the resort and the overall user experience for its guests. While pinching no pennies to turn this into a five-star resort destination, Burch and his partners strove to weave a luxurious tapestry that would maintain the remote, unusual feel of the place.
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Burch and his partners dubbed Nihi Sumba Island as “the edge of the wilderness.” Purposely, the resort was designed to be very low-impact on the surrounding environment.
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