The Nihiwatu Resort has been named as the best hotel in the world for the last two years by Travel & Leisure Magazine readers. The reason is that it is in a remote location, has some of the best surfing in the world, and is the highest of luxury hotels. It is located on Sumba, one of the islands of Indonesia, and can be reached by a 50-minute flight from Bali (nihi.com). Not that long ago it required a three-day journey so accessibility has definitely improved recently.
Sumba’s written history only goes back to the 16th century, although people have been living there for centuries. It’s a breathtaking place with lush jungles combined with white beaches that have been virtually untouched. The staff of the Nihiwatu have been described as exceptionally warm and treating their guests like family members.
About six years ago this resort was bought by the entrepreneur Chris Burch. He loved this place and wanted to own it as a legacy for his six children. At the time he bought this resort it had been in business for thirty years and as such could use some improvements. He and his business partner, a hotelier, poured in over $34 million making this resort utterly fantastic. They added on to the property and rehabilitated all of the separate villas that make up this resort.
Burch has been developing brands like the Nihiwatu Resort since the 1970s. He started out in the fashion industry as an entrepreneur and has since founded brands and invested in others in that industry as well as technology, organic food, and hospitality. He focuses on creativity and luxury for what he offers consumers around the world. He says that creativity combined with good business sense can take one very far in the world.
There are many amenities at the Nihiwatu Resort that Chris Burch put in place. Among these are a number of private swimming pools, a bar located on a cliff with stunning views, and a beach that has been called a surfers paradise. The dining menus for this resort change on a daily basis and feature authentic Sumbanese food that can’t be had anywhere else in the world as well as Western and other Asian food. There is also a wine list available at this resort that features the best of both old and new world wines that will satisfy any palate.
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