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Chris Burch, Co-Founder of the Luxury Nihiwatu Resort

Chris Burch has spent 40 years as an entrepreneur and investor. He has contributed in the success of more than 50 companies. Chris has experience in business, fashion, technology and real estate. His first adventure was investing $2,000 with his brother Bob to start Eagle’s Eye apparel. They sold the business for $165 million to the Swire Group. His latest adventure is the resort Nihiwatu in Indonesian.

Recognized as the greatest in the world, the Nihiwatu Resort, founded by Chris Burch and James McBride, sits on a remote Indonesian island on the west coast of Sumba. The resorts nickname is “The Edge of Wildness”.

Burch and McBride bought the remote beach hostel in 2012 and spent $30 million renovating it into a five-star resort by 2015. Travel and Leisure voted Nihiwatu the best resort in the world in 2016. Chris said it was bought for his children and he hopes to give back to the community and preserve its beauty.

The resort has an abundance of luxuries with a beautiful spa under a waterfall and every room has its own butler. You can see Nihi Beach and across the Indian Ocean from the plunge pool, enjoy the indoor-outdoor entertaining area with its own pool, enjoy spa treatments in your own villa or in the main spa area or go on a sunset horseback riding trip along the water (

Visitors can also learn to surf with a guide or surf the waves that travel thousands of miles across the Indian Ocean. The surfing lessons are given in the close by bay called Coconut Grove. Guests are taken there by boat or jeep and the lessons are personalized to the skill of each individual. Guests can also enjoy healthy yoga sessions at the wellness center.

Burch feels the resort has turned into more than he expected and spends as much time as he can at the resort. He travels between the Hamptons, Miami and his Indonesia resort.  Read

Chris has a private home with a main house and four luxury villas that each have a private pool. There are 27 private villas at the resort. There are two tree houses that are two-story each and are connected by a bamboo bridge. Each villa has a bedroom, bathroom and a beautiful balcony. In the main treehouse there is a living room and a private infinity pool.

Nihiwatu has become the largest employer of local people on the island. Chris and James donate a piece of their profits to the Sumba Foundation, which helps to provide funds for local projects on the island. They plan on building luxury resorts in Nicaragua and in Costa Rica.

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Chris Burch Has A Few Ideas For Gifts For Any Occasion

Have you ever had one of those moments when you wanted to make someone’s birthday, anniversary or holiday special but just needed the right gift to do it? Sometimes you just need ideas from someone who’s experienced in gift giving to give you some tips, and Chris Burch is someone who has picked many gifts out for loved ones. Check  A few of the gifts he recommends include a Barbour Gisbourne jacket during the colder seasons, a Zero-Gravity Massage Chair from U.S. Jaclean if you’re looking to make that loved one comfortable, or if you want a little romantic setting for your home you might give them a Snowe Home Candle Set.

Chris Burch has put a lot of ideas out there from his own company, Burch Creative Capital which looks for entrepreneurs who want to put out the most creative brands and disrupt the mainstream market. Some of the companies Burch’s company has seeded include Powermat, Voss Water, C. Wonder, Actua and Poppin. Before starting this company, Burch had built a fashion company out of a hobby he had during his college days. It was a sweater sales business that soon grew into a national retail chain known as Eagle Eye Apparel which Burch ran for about 20 years until selling it to the Swire Group. After exiting from this company, Burch joined several other investment firms including the Internet Capital Group and Guggenheim Partners. He also was the initial owner of Tory Burch fashions and a partner with Ellen DeGeneres for the opening of her ED company.

Chris Burch made several big real estate purchases including part ownership in the Faena Hotel + Universe in Buenos Aires that he and developer Alan Faena oversaw the construction of in 2004. Burch also began to flip homes in 2005 when he bought several million-dollar properties in New York and Massachusetts, one of which he turned from $14 million to $25 million, click on for a related article. He made the biggest acquisition in 2013 when he bought a hostel on Sumba Island in Indonesia and turned that into the world’s top dream vacation resort, and it became listed at number 1 in Travel & Leisure. Burch is also on the boards of non-profits like the Rothman Insitute Orthopedic Foundation and the Board of Trustees at the Tilton School.

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