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
Parking on site
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Architecturally stunning retreat in northern Thailand with antique-filled villas set on five acres of lush grounds
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.
78/1 Moo 1, Ban Mai
Mae Rim, Thailand
How to Get There
Flights are available to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Free transfers to/from CNX, about 18 miles away, can be arranged through the property.