Chris Burch Sees Nihi Sumba Island Come to Life

Chris Burch Develops Nihiwatu

Sumba is a small tropical island in Indonesia. Chris Burch was introduced to Nihiwatu thru Claude and Petra Graves in 2012. In 2016, Nihi Sumba Island, known for its distinct “mortar stone” was being traveled by people all over the world as one of the 50 greatest hotels to visit.

How did Nihiwatu come about?

Chris Burch met with Claude Graves who had already been deeply touched by Nihiwatu and wanted to expand the beach front into a resort.  When they communicated their idea to Chris Burch and asked if he would be willing to join them to expand the are into resort Chris Burch immediately contacted his longtime friend James McBride, hotelier, and invited him to come on board for the project.

Around the same time that the Graves spoke to Chris Burch about the property, Chris took a trip to Sumba with his three sons. The Graves had first contemplated the project back in 1988, the project sped forward once Chris Burch, and James McBride invested $30M into the project and quickly started developing the property.

“Sandalwood Island” or Sumba is 4000 Square miles and about 600K residents. The Portuguese discovered it in the 16th century. The Sumba culture has been sheltered from many Western influences because it was not a heavily traveled vacation spot. Sumba has little natural resources.

Chris Burch and Burch Creative Capital

Chris Burch is a 40-year veteran of investing and entrepreneurship. During that time he has helped 50 companies on the path to disrupting the market by introducing brands that offer new services that bring creative solutions to problems that face people today (  Chris Burch expresses the reason for Burch Creative Capital is to “bring extraordinary possibilities to the world.” Ed by Ellen DeGeneres, Nihi, TRADEMARK, and Cocoon9 are four of the latest additions to the “extraordinary possibilities” offered by Burch Creative Capital.  Learn more about Burch, visit Youtube.