Chris Burch Owned Hotel Named #1 in the World in Travel+Leisure’s Annual World Best Awards

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A note from billionaire Chris Burch indicates that he is succeeding with his Indonesian resort, Nihiwatu.

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He notes, “During my first visit to the island, I was struck by the raw beauty of Sumba. I witnessed an astonishing canvas of exotic culture, white beaches, rolling rice paddies and the kindest, sweetest people in the world. When I stumbled upon this magical destination four years ago my goal was very simple- create a luxury experience like never before, one that combined indulgence with adventure and, very importantly, empathy toward the local community and a commitment to leave the island’s native beauty untouched.

I am very excited to share that we have met and exceeded these wishes. The Sumbanese people, Nihiwatu team and I are humbled that the readers of Travel+Leisure, among the world’s leading travel magazines, have voted Nihiwatu as the #1 Hotel in the World in Travel+Leisure’s Annual World’s Best Awards. We could not be more honored by this accolade and will continue to preserve the authentic and magical journey I experienced that first visit years ago.

A big thank you is due to my partner, hotelier James McBride, and the entire team that has worked tirelessly to build an extraordinary resort experience. The people and island mean so much to us and it would be our pleasure to invite you and your family to come experience The Edge of Wildness for yourselves.

The team produced a beautiful new video exploring the resort that can be viewed here, or explore further at

Christopher Chris Burch is a founder and entrepreneur.


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