Claude and Petra Graves
Chris Burch had been looking for something special for his family when he had a chance meeting with Claude and Petra Graves in 2012, who shared with Chris Burch a place of “unregulated freedom and beauty.” The Graves were talking about Nihiwatu or the beaches of Sumba. The Graves had visited Nihiwatu in 1998 and immediately began envisioning a resort where others could travel to bask in its natural beauty.
The Graves were looking for a one of a kind surf beachfront, but Nikiwatu turned into something more after visiting it. Chris Burch was immediately interested in finding such a place and when he was told that Claude Graves needed help in broadening the resort Chris Burch contacted his Hotelier friend James McBride to interest him in the project. After speaking with Claude Graves about Nihiwatu, Chris Burch took a trip to Nihiwatu with his three sons. His first impressions he realized he had found something special that he could share with his family, a hopeful dream he had been harboring for a long time.
Soon after his trip to Nihiwatu with his sons, Chris Burch worked closely with his friend James McBride and came up with a plan and a vision to make Nihiwatu,one of the “best resorts around the world.” Only shortly after Nihi Sumba Island opened its doors it was named “#1 hotel in the world” by readers of Travel + Leisure in 2016 and 2017. Nihi Sumba Island has gone on to receive numerous awards.
Co-developer James McBride
Co-developer of Mihi Sumba Resort is James McBride. McBride is a world-renowned hotelier of 25 years. Bloomberg Businessweek recently awarded him as “One to Watch.” Hotels magazine awarded him Hotelier of the World in 2012.
Chris Burch is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital. He invests in many companies that show promise of service to society. Three of his latest investments are Cocoon9, ED by Ellen DeGeneres, and Nihiwatu Resort. Check entrepreneur.com for more.
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