Mr. Burch’s Nihiwatu Resort; From A Mere Beach Hostel To The Best Hotel Internationally

The hospitality industry is the latest frontier that fashion mogul Chris Burch is investing in following his notable success in establishing world-class retail brands. In 2012, Burch and hotelier James McBride acquired a beach hostel located on the remote Sumba Island in Indonesia. After extensive renovation, worth millions of dollars, the luxury resort named Niwihatu was officially reopened in 2015, although it has since been renamed Nihi.

Hotel features

The name ‘Nihiwatu’ denotes a mortar stone. Due to its remote location, Nihiwatu has gotten the nickname ‘The Edge of the Wilderness.’ Niwihatu was ranked as the best hotel worldwide according to Travel + Leisure last year. The hotel features 27 private villas, in addition to Chris Burch’s private residence named Raja Mendaka, which is also available to tourists. It basically features the main house and four added villas, each boasting of a private plunge pool with scenic views over Nihi Beach, as well as the Indian Ocean. Besides, it has a spacious indoor-outdoor entertainment area.

The hotel resort also boasts of two, two-story tree houses. A bamboo bridge acts as the link between the two villas with each having a bedroom, balcony and a bathroom. The main treehouse enjoys a private infinity pool. Traditional Sumbanese antiques, Ikat prints, and local wood are littered all across the hotel resort.  The site has some related article about the resort.

What to do

Guests can enjoy massage and yoga sessions at the beach spa and wellness center respectively. Surfers will undoubtedly enjoy surfing out on Nihiwatu beach. Guests are charged $125 and $250 for a surf slot and surfing lessons respectively during the high season. Excursions are also available to the adjacent waterfalls. Fancy a horse-riding trip? Well, the resort has got you covered with riding stables as well as a team of guides. During the off-peak season, a one-bedroom villa will cost you at least $750 per night while Burch’s private residence will cost you approximately $14,000 per night during the peak season.


In an interview in 2015, Burch claims that he originally bought the hostel as a gift for his children. It is also something that the family could treasure and uplift the surrounding community. More insights from him on   He didn’t imagine that Niwihatu would attract the level of success it enjoys today. In fact, the hotel has become a major source of employment for the locals in the Sumba Island. A fraction of the profits generated from the resort is donated to the Sumba Foundation, a charitable organization that sets up profitable projects for the local community.

About Chris Burch

Being the co-founder of the fashion label, Tory Burch as well as the founder and chief executive of Burch Creative Capital, Mr. Burch has several investment interests in different industries spanning technology solutions, hospitality, consumer products, financial services, fashion, and clothing.  Additional article on

He is also a passionate philanthropist having funded various charitable initiatives such as The China Association of Social Work, The Henry Street Settlement, and The Sumba Foundation.  More info about him on

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