What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes all meals, nonalcoholic beverages and transfers to/from Chiang Mai Airport
- The rarefied yet relaxing atmosphere
- Beautiful decor, which has appeared in the pages of Architectural Digest
- The food: Howie’s wife Jerri is a fantastic cook and creates a button-popping feast at every meal; don’t miss her famous crab omelet
What To Know
- The Homestay is a good 30-minute drive from the city, temples and shops of Chiang Mai
- The villa is surrounded by nature and all the sounds that come with it; if you’re a light sleeper you might want to pack some earplugs to drown out the nightly frog choir
- This is a luxury stay at its most intimate; if you’re not comfortable with socializing with your hosts, this might not be for you
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Homeowners and hosts Howie and Jerri have spent seven years and millions of dollars building a vision of Lanna loveliness in the northern Thai countryside. Expect grand peaked villas filled with artworks and antiques from across Asia, a large, luminous turquoise swimming pool topped with stone carvings, and rambling gardens overflowing with bamboo, ficus and fig trees.
Bed and Bath
Designed by acclaimed American architect Bill Bensley, the property is made up of four sections. Surrounding the swimming pool on three sides are a couple of grand open-air pavilions, with a dining area, kitchen and lounge, and Howie and Jerri’s home. Tucked away in the wings are a huge three-bedroom house — perfect for families and groups of friends — and a romantic stand-alone villa with an outdoor bathtub and lily pond views. All of the decor is impeccable, from the specially commissioned hand-carved doors to the Burmese antique beds dressed with 500-thread-count sheets.
A big part of the experience at Howie’s is Howie himself. The Bostonian entrepreneur has been living in Thailand with his wife Jerri for more than 20 years, and he’s the most congenial of hosts, regaling guests with his extensive knowledge of art and antiques and tales and tips about the area. Meals are prepared by Jerri and her staff and are beautifully presented around a teak dining table (they can also be arranged in your villa if you prefer). The services of a driver and a masseuse are also available.
In the Area
For a change of pace, head to in-vogue Nimmanhaemin Road, where you’ll find leafy streets lined with coffee shops, cafés, wine bars and boutiques. Try Salad Concepts for an energy-boosting tamarind and sesame shot and a zingy low-cal lunch before fanning out into the streets behind to discover extravagant gold-topped temples, artisanal furniture shops, dinky modern art galleries and traditional Celadon ceramic-makers. Nearby Chinatown is perfect for fabrics, fans and street food. On the other side of the river, high-end shoppers can fill their Tumis with fine silks and hand-crafted candelabras at Vila Cini and Sopmoei.
How to Get There
When we first arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome by Howie at the front gate.
As we were being shown around H H I was in total awe of the place.
The gardens, the buildings, the furniture, everything was so beautiful. There is a true zen to this place. It’s magical, through and through.
The dinners all cooked by Howies wife Jerri, were outstanding! She is a gem and a fantastic cook. Jerri knows how to create a dish and to make it look like a piece of art. Gordon Ramsey would be so impressed!
Howie and Jerri have put together something so special and if your looking for a place that has total privacy and ambience, this is the place for you! 5*****!
We will be back! Thanks Howie and Jerri!
If you happen to have the good fortune to arrive at this villa you will have reached a private oasis of sublime and serene bliss.
Howie was great fun and we loved our meals with him. He went out of his way to give us all his insider tips about Chiang Mai. We went to fun restaurants and shopped for beautiful antiques but honestly we simply wanted to return to the villa.
Jerri , his wife, is ,in my opinion, one of the best chefs in Thailand. Each night was a culinary treat worthy of an episode of Chef’s table.
The staff who work at the villa are like family and everything was perfect.
The landscape,the decor, and the hosts were superior to staying at an Aman Hotel and that is saying a lot in my book .
We both enjoyed our visit so very much at Howie's HomeStay in Mae Rim Thailand. Marisa and i wished we could have indulged ourselves longer in Howie and Jerri's luxurious tastes which are marked by skillful design and elegance. Our suite was simply superb. Their attention to detail is impeccable, and the friendly staff are attentive and professional. The exquisitely prepared Thai cuisine continuously flowing out of Howie's wife Jerri's kitchen is a testament to her talents. Howie..."ohhh Howie"...his kind nature, interesting conversations, and generosity of spirit has forever endeared himself to us. Just an unforgettable experience.
On a return visit to Howie's Homestay last week, we reconfirmed our opinion that this luxury Chiang Mai area villa/hotel is the ultimate indulgence. They actually provide great value when you consider you have the entire resort to yourself plus all meals. Since our last stay they added a mini-gym overlooking the pond and more original Thai artwork. The service is outstanding, yet you never seem to see staff except at the excellent and creative meals. Top quality!
Incredible property, matched only by its owners Howie and Jerri.
Location: remote, in the jungle on a side road 30min drive from the old town. Frogs, birds, water is all you hear
Atmosphere: as beautiful and big as it is, it's not a hotel, it's someone's home. But, it was so private that it felt as if it was our home.
Food: Jerri's home cooked Thai dishes are delicious, crowned by her northern specialty Khao Soi. Everything is fresh and local, you can taste it.
Facilities: doubt any hotel can match that pool, nor the size of the villa. Hot water, proper water pressure, internet, all works. Howie is your tourist office with a driver and guide on standby.