What is Howie’s HomeStay?
A Chiang Mai Luxury Hotel? An Uber Luxury Airbnb?
Nirvana is defined as “a state of perfect happiness; an ideal or idyllic place”.
Howie’s HomeStay is Nirvana. It is the closest we have ever come to a Garden of Eden.
We came upon Howie’s HomeStay through an internet search as we planned our last-minute trip to northern Thailand. We were unbelievably fortunate to spend six magical days at Howie’s, surrounded by heart-stopping beauty, both natural and man-made. At Howie’s you are immersed in tranquility, surrounded by your own private tropical jungle, creek, pond (complete with ducks and a turtle!) and an infinity pool with an indescribably stunning view of the mountainous horizon. We have never been to a more serene, romantic place!
But the physical surroundings are only the backdrop for the “experience” of being there, which is shaped by the personalities of Howie and Jerri, the American-Thai couple that don’t just host you, they adopt you! It is so clear that for Howie, this isn’t a business, it’s a mission! And the mission is for his guests to simply have an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. You see, Howie built this place for himself, as his home, and only in the past five years decided to share his piece of paradise with guests.
So many have written about Howie’s hospitality, attention to detail and attentive organization of his guests’ every need and whim – and of Jerri’s extraordinary culinary talents. All of this is true, and more. But for us, their most endearing quality is simply their sincerity. Sincere interest in us. Sincere desire to make our stay perfect. Sincere caring.
And Howie is SUCH an interesting person! He’s a Renaissance Man! A self-made creative entrepreneur, knowledgeable about history, politics, business…
One more thing about Howie. He’s a fun guy with a great sense of humor!
We left Howie’s HomeStay not only with memories of an unforgettable experience, but with a sense that we make a new friend for life.
Luxurious Hidden Gem
Howie’s HomeStay defies simple categorization. Imagine a completely private luxury Chiang Mai hotel with an amazing personal chef (Howie’s wife), and an incredible host / concierge (Howie). Another way to describe it would be like an uber-luxury Airbnb, but it is unlikely that Airbnb has any properties or hosts at this level.
If you want a “local”, luxury experience – look no further. I believe that this is the type of authentic experience that luxury hotels and resorts all over the world aspire to create. Enjoy all of the benefits of a world-class luxury Chiang Mai hotel (incredible rooms, incredible property, friendly staff, amazing food). Now add all of the benefits of an incredibly well-connected, thoughtful, and helpful local host who doesn’t have any ulterior, corporate motives.
I work in the travel industry and have been fortunate enough to stay in incredible hotels all around the world. I wish Howie’s HomeStay was the future of luxury travel. But it probably won’t be, because there is only one Howie. I therefore recommend experiencing it while you can.
Incredible stay that defies categorization
Previous reviews have already described how wonderful the property and Jerri’s food is, so I won’t repeat them. Some highlights of our stay at HHS – visiting open air markets, tasting local food with our wonderful guide Addy, a day with elephants, and also just enjoying the peace and beauty of the property. Each day at Howie’s HomeStay was magical. I therefore found myself waking up early just to make the most of each day.
If it weren’t for HHS, we would have had the same predictable, touristy experience as most visitors to Thailand. We probably would have stayed in a hotel in Chiang Mai’s city center, and thought that Chiang Mai was just another city full of tourists, tchotchke shops, tacky bars and massage parlors. But thanks to Howie, our experience of Chiang Mai was authentic, luxurious, and delicious. We hardly saw any tourists at all, except at a few temples. It was one of the best trips of my life, and I don’t say that lightly.
If you want an unforgettable trip to Thailand, start by booking with Howie’s HomeStay. Certainly one of the best luxury hotels in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Your own Private Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand
We only take one booking at a time. This therefore guarantees that you and your party will be the ONLY guests at the property throughout your stay.
ALL-INCLUSIVE RATES providing 3 daily home cooked meals, airport transfers, mini bar and much more included in the price.
Howie’s HomeStay is our interpretation of classic Lanna Thai beauty. Everything about this luxury boutique hotel represents a higher level of luxury. Our Thai villa and holiday resort is also an exclusive sanctuary of complete serenity, striking beauty and gracious service. We therefore give a whole new meaning to the private boutique hotel concept.
Every day you will wake up among the lush green foothills of the Himalayas outside Chiang Mai and appreciate staying in the magnificent surroundings of your own private luxury Chiang Mai villa.
We specialize in impeccable service, spectacular gardens and award winning architecture. We also provide delicious, authentic homemade Thai meals which are ALL-INCLUSIVE.
Enjoy all this in the utmost privacy which is simply not available in other Chiang Mai luxury hotels!