Nihiwatu, the five-star resort by Chris Burch investor and philanthropist

Chris Burch is at it again! He invested in a hostel and turned it into liquid gold. Travel + Leisure voted Nihiwatu the best hotel in the entire world. There are a lot of hotels worldwide, so this was quite the honor. It was not easy though. Hard work and money was involved to create this five-star paradise. With a $30 million dollar investment and time, it all came together magically. Sumba, the Indonesian Island has experienced quite a positive change since Nihiwatu was created. The Sumba Foundation, which consists of the local community has vastly benefited from Nihiwatu which donates some of their profits to the organization so they can financially support local projects. They are also the island’s largest local employer, giving much needed jobs to the community.


When it comes to beautiful aesthetics, Nihiwatu fits the bill. With an homage to the natural beauty surrounding the resort you can’t beat that kind of backdrop. The resort also uses art and pieces of antiques from the native culture to give a feeling of serenity at this peaceful resort. There are 27 villas in total around resort for dedicated surfers, nature lovers, or travel lovers. There is additional villa, Chris Burch’s villa called Raja Mendaka which can also be inhabited. This exclusive villa have a bonus four villa that all individually have their own plunge pools. The views are spectacular, the wildlife is incredibly, and accommodations simply fantastic.

Businessman Chris Burch is passionate about making a positive change in the world. He has donated and helped organizations like The Child Welfare League of China, NYU Langone, The Henry Street Settlement, The Sumba Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, and The China Association of Social Work. He was previously the President of The Pierre Hotel Co-op Board and was on the board of the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation. Chris Burch sits on a total of 9 boards in effort to give back to those who truly need it. More on

While attending Ithaca College Mr. Burch started up his own clothing line with his brother Bob. It took off like wildfire and later sold to Swire Group. It was worth an estimated $165 million dollars. With so much potential and success with his first company, Chris was destined to become a heavy hitter with his smart and creative investment philosophy. He is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Burch Creative Capital.

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