Chris Burch is not a newbie when it comes to investing millions of dollars into a new project. In 2012, he teamed up with the hospitality professional, James McBride, to invest in a beautiful resort located in Sumba, on the west coast of the Indonesian Island. Chris is in awe of the island’s beautiful landscape, which provides a perfect canvas to build unique features such as spas under waterfalls. The resort’s name, Nihiwatu, means ‘the edge of the wilderness’ in the local language, and is the name of a rock formed by tides on the Nihi Beach, check bytonline.com for more of the story.
After the opening of the hotel in 2015, Chris stated that the result of the investment surpassed his expectations. Travel & Leisure magazine resonated with the remark and named Nihiwatu the best hotel in the world in 2016. Nihiwatu has a total of 27 villas, including Burch’s private home, Raja Mendaka. Each of the villas, including Raja Mendaka, has plunge pools which overlook the Nihi Beach and the Indian Ocean. Nihiwatu has two, two-floored treehouses connected with a bamboo bridge between them. Nihiwatu’s vast land has Sumbanese antiques, Ikat prints, and local wood, which create a beautiful theme throughout. Nihi beach is the dream of every surfer due to the long distant waves that travel miles across the ocean to break at the Sumba shores. The resort’s instructors allow a maximum of ten surfers at a time, at the price of $125 each. Other activities that guests enjoy include trips to waterfalls, boat rides, jumps from cliffs into the sea, horse riding, and overnight bonfires at the beach. Burch and his partner McBride are currently the biggest employers in the region and plan to open more resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Chris Burch is the owner of businesses in jewelry making, real estate, interior design, and hospitality. He has rental and sale properties in Nantucket, Palm Beach, New York, Florida, and Southampton. In 2011, Chris established C. Wonder to develop home decors and apparel. He started a similar firm in 2014, Cocoon9 in partnership with Ellen DeGeneres. After a couple of years, Burch sold C. Wonder to Xcel Brands. Click this.
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Ellen DeGeneres and Chris each own parts of TRADEMARK and Bur+Mah. He invests in other firms such as Blink Health, Brad’s Raw Foods, Chubbies, Little Duck Organics, and BaubleBur. Burch is a creative who marries his talents with aggressive business skills. He heads Burch Creative Capital as CEO. Chris attended Ithaca College and believes in meeting goals according to the set timeline. To keep updated with his timeline activities, head over to crunchbase.com.
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