For the second consecutive year, Travel and Leisure has named Nihi Sumba Island, the best hotel in the world. Located on a secluded island in Indonesia, it was originally named after a gigantic rock formation, which formed from tidal erosion. Formally a rundown beach hostel, until 2012, when international retailer, Chris Burch and his business partner, James McBride scooped up the property. Three years later and some $30 million in renovations, it opened as a five-star resort. The renovations gave it a fresh look complete with 27 private villas, each with its own private butler, a spa situated beneath a beautiful waterfall and a main house. The main house, the Raja Mendaka, serves as Burch’s residence and has a “private plunge pool” and four separate villas. Check businessinsider.com.
The beach hostel was owned by a New Jersey couple when Burch and McBride purchased it. Burch said in a 2015 interview that he was initially interested in the property for his children. He hopes to enjoy it with his kids and then one day in the future pass on it to the community. But for now, it’s a private luxury resort, which topped Brando’s in French Polynesia for the number one choice. Chris Burch divides his time between Nihiwatu, Sumba and his other homes in New York and Miami.
Burch began his career in the clothing industry. Since leaving active operations in retail, he has developed numerous entrepreneurial ventures. Read more on fashionista.com. Nowadays, you can find Chris Burch anywhere, except in a traditional workplace. He spends his days surrounded by the idyllic beauty of nature, evident by his Instagram account. Burch gives his followers a peep into his life, which pretty much consists of enjoying the simple life on Sumba island and traveling. He writes about the various aspects of creating a successful business; including how to build a professional and a personal brand and the importance of incorporating an Eco-friendly green office. Learn more about him and his works, check forbes.com.
He started out working very hard to create a luxury brand and many wonder how he did that. Chris Burch explains that people underestimate the power of brainstorming to come up with a vision. Burch feels that thinking about what you desire to create is just as important as the finished product. Perhaps more important because he feels that every person should take notes during the creative process. Then turn those notes into goals and shift them into plans for the future. More to read on bjtonline.com.
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