Fashion mogul's Indonesian island resort renovation still top of the charts gallery

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Paddle boarders explore the clear waters.

Nihi Sumba Island has 27 private villas with plunge pools.

The hotel has become the largest local employer on the island.

Burch and his partner McBride are also looking to expand and build resorts in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Traditional Sumbanese antiques, local wood, and Ikat prints are featured throughout.

There is a beach spa available, but treatments can also be done in your own room.

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Nihi Sumba Island (formerly known as Nihiwatu) was voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure for the second year in a row.

The luxury island resort in Indonesia even beat the Brando, Obama's recent vacation spot.

Nihi was created by Chris Burch, best known for founding or cofounding several internationally known retail brands - C. Wonder and Tory Burch - and investing in several others.

Nihi is on the west coast of Sumba, a remote Indonesian island.
Nihi Sumba Island

Nihi is on the west coast of Sumba, a remote Indonesian island.

Burch, together with hotelier James McBride, bought a beach hostel on the Indonesian island of Sumba in 2012.

READ MORE: Inside the world's best hotel: Nihiwatu resort on Sumba Island

The duo spent $US30 million renovating the hostel, then reopened it as a five-star resort in 2015.

Chris Burch and hotelier friend James McBride bought the beach hostel owned by a couple from New Jersey.
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Chris Burch and hotelier friend James McBride bought the beach hostel owned by a couple from New Jersey.

In an interview with Business Jet Traveller in 2015, Burch said, "I bought it for my children and as a piece of something that I hope we can preserve and give back to the community.

"When you're in a place where the palette is so beautiful, you can do things that you can't do in other places: build a spa under a waterfall, go to places where no others have been, have a butler in every room."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Burch splits his time between Miami, the Hamptons, and his resort in Indonesia.

Nihi has 27 private villas, including Raja Mendaka, Burch's private home. That particular section has a main house and four additional villas, each with its own private plunge pool. You can even stay in Burch's private house for $US14,000 a night.

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