Are you thinking of going for a vacation in Indonesia? Then Nihiwatu is the place for you. Refurbished from a hostel by Chris Burch and James McBride, this luxury hotel on the Indonesian island of Sumba is a piece of heaven.


Chris Burch and hotelier James McBride purchased the beach hostel property from a couple and they spent $30 million to transform it into a five-star resort. Nihiwatu’s doors were opened in 2015 and in 2016 it was ranked as the best hotel in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine.


Nihiwatu which means “mortar stone” is also known as “The Edge of Wilderness”. The luxury hotel which is situated on the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumba boasts of 27 private villas. Chris Burch’s private home is also included here, this house also accommodates some of the guests of the hotel. The serial entrepreneur splits his time between Miami, the Hamptons, and the resort. For the young at heart, the resort has tree houses which have the infinity pool.


The two resorts are linked by a bamboo bridge. In the spirit of the lush island, the resort’s interior décor is of an attractive traditional state of the art Sumbanese antiques, local wood, and Ikat prints. Nihiwatu also has a beach spa but if you don’t like prying eyes, the same treatment can be done in the privacy of your room. Other amenities that you can enjoy in this hotel include yoga sessions in the wellness center, surfing and surfing lessons for the beginners, spear fishing and excursions to the nearby waterfalls.


Apart from being the 2016 Best hotel, Nihiwatu has provided a means of livelihood to the people on the island. Part of the hotel’s proceedings is also donated to the Sumba Foundation, which is an organization that funds projects to develop the local community. Chris Burch and James McBride will be spreading their wings to Costa Rica and Nicaragua where they will build other resorts.




Chris Burch is the original founder of the popular Burch Creative Capital. The billionaire is a serial entrepreneur with 13 investments in 12 companies.

The business mogul began his career while he was an undergraduate at Ithaca College in 1976. Over 40 years later he’s still going hard at it and he has been very successful in the various investments he’s made.


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