Chris Burch Moves Into the Resort Business

Chris Burch saw his first success in the business world while he was still a student at Ithaca College. Along with his brother, Mr. Burch started an eye apparel company that was later sold for millions of dollars. From this initial success, Chris Burch has invested in a number of different projects in a wide range of industries.

Burch has invested in and helped develop companies that include luxury home developers, lifestyle brands and organic food companies. Some of the brands that he has been associated with include ED, Cocoon 9, Tory Burch and Voss Water.

In addition to his entrepreneurial work, Chris Burch is involved in a number of charitable endeavors. Mr. Burch is charitably associated with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, The Sumba Foundation and The Henry Street Settlement.

Chris Burch’s latest project is the development of the Nihiwatu Resort in Indonesia. Back in 2012, Chris Burch and James McBride purchased an island in Indonesia. They invested several million dollars to develop a luxurious resort. In 2016, Travel + Leisure named Nihiwatu the best hotel in the world (

Nihiwatu is made up of 27 private villas. There is also a main house on the property that Mr. Burch uses as his private home. Around the private residence, there are four more villas. All of the villas have private plunge pools. Some of these provide exquisite views over the Indian Ocean.

In addition to these villas. Mr. Burch and his designers have created two tree house units. Each of these units has its own private balcony. Those staying in the tree house units can go back and forth between the units on a bamboo bridge.

The Nihiwatu Resort includes a wellness center and a hall for meetings and activities. Guests at the resort can take surfing lessons, visit nearby waterfalls and ride horses on the beach.

Chris Burch uses some of the profits from the resort to help locals in the area. The Sumba Foundation was created to provide community projects for local islanders.

Due to the success of Nihiwatu, Mr. Burch is considering the development of additional resort properties. Plans are underway for resorts in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua. More on

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