Hospitality – Chris Burch Style

Chris Burch is an entrepreneur known as founder or co-founder of several internationally known retail fashion brands. He has now turned his experience and skills to the hospitality industry. Chris and hotelier James McBride purchased a beach hostel in Indonesia together in 2012.


After extensive renovations, $30 million dollars worth, they opened the resort called Nihiwatu on the Indonesian island of Sumba in 2015. The five star hotel was voted the best hotel in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2016. Click over here.


Burch was quoted as saying “Nihiwatu has turned into more than I expected, which is rare because most times things turn into less.” The beach on the island is considered a paradise for surfers and the resort has a rule of only 10 surfers in the water at a time and surf slots are purchased for $125 per person. Hop over this site.


Chris splits his time between between Miami, the Hamptons and his villa at the resort. The villa is called Raja Mendaka and it is his private home on the island. The resort boasts 27 private villas each with a plunge pool. His private home is also available for rent along with four additional villas.


The resort has become the largest employer on the island of Sumba. The Sumba Foundation is an organization that helps fund projects in the local community with a portion of the profits the Foundation receives from the hotel.


The resort offers spa services and you can choose to have them on the beach or in the privacy of your villa. There is also a wellness center offering group yoga classes. You can arrange for private sessions as well to fit your individual needs. Check this on


Excursions on the island and surfing lessons can be arranged through the resort. Prices for the villas range from $750 per night in the low season to $14,000 per night for Burch’s private estate in the high season.


Christopher Burch is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital. Their portfolio includes several brands two of which are Nihiwatu and ED by Ellen DeGeneres. Chris has been an investor for over 40 years.


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Using his quick understanding of consumer behaviors with his direct sourcing experience he has been involved in the rise of more than 50 companies. His diverse investments range from retail sales of apparel and home furnishings to hospitality and technology. Try checking for more news.