One of my best stays ever and I have traveled a lot !!
I don’t know where to start. My wife and I spent 3 nights last week and it was one of our most memorable stays ever. I have stayed at La Mamounia, 6 Aman resorts as well as many other 6-star places in the world but Howie’s experience is something very difficult to explain – it was so amazing. The pavilion was fabulous and the overall property is a work of art. Every corner is a treasure to behold and one can feel that the place is a product of love and not just architecture.
Jerri, Howie’s wife, is one of the finest chefs I have come across and I consider myself a foodie who travels to eat at Michelin Star restaurants worldwide. More than her cooking, it was the way she presented the food as well as the warmth with which she fed us everyday. We felt our family members were feeding us on our annual holiday.
Their attention to detail to maintain the comfort during the stay was outstanding – most importantly, it was luxury at the highest level. It was a perfect stay, where we had total privacy and yet he would exactly have the warmth to come and chat with us everyday to make sure we were doing great as well as keep us company over some wine.
I can go on and on but suffice to say that anybody looking for a private luxurious place with finest hosts you can imagine, should go there at least once to experience what an amazing place that is.
I have not even written about how he went out of his way to set up barbecue for us and make grilled steaks for us himself to celebrate our stay with us over wine on the last night together.
We will be back very soon…..Thanks a lot Howie and Jerri.
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.
Heaven on Mae Rim!
It was 5 beautiful nights we spent at Howie’s homestay. Truly a unique property with delicate architectural design and details. The site situated in an exceptional setting with view to Doi and surrounding by beautiful garden/ landscape. You will enjoy living in “Lanna” lifestyle among Howie’s antique collections in each space. We received well hospitality from Howie and Jerri who cooks amazing food for our dinners including Northern specialty. It was a one of our trip after covid lockdown, we felt safe and the place is very high on hygiene. Great ideal place to travel to as you will enjoy so much of the privacy.
Trip of a lifetime!
I consider myself extremely lucky to have visited Howie’s Homestay right before travel became so difficult. My husband and two friends and I spent two weeks in Southeast Asia. Our time in Thailand was amazing but the stay with Howie and Jerri was the absolute highlight. Chiang Mai is an amazing city and Howie made sure that we made the most of our visit, focusing on the things we were most interested in (elephants! craft beer! shopping!) My favorite travel adventures have always been visiting friends abroad, and this was no exception. From the moment we booked, Howie was a friend who was so excited about our visit to Chiang Mai. And the property and the food rival any place we have stayed anywhere in the world. We travel quite a bit, and this experience was absolutely one-of-a-kind fabulous.
A one-off gem
We spent 5 nights at Howie’s and every part of our stay was truly exceptional. The food is just simply amazing in every way. Taste, presentation, variety and all authentic Thai cooking.
The accomodation is palatial and totally private. They are truly proud of what they have created and endeavor to make your stay perfect.
Howie is a wonderful host and source of local knowledge. He made great recommendations for local activities. We stay in lots of 5 star hotels but is was really great to enjoy such a wonderful and unique experience.
Amazing, one-of-a-kind experience.
I spent three days and nights at Howie’s HomeStay with three friends. It was one of the most enjoyable, memorable and lovely experiences of my life. For starters, the large property is breathtakingly beautiful and designed by a world-renowned architect. Jerri’s food is unreal — as good as you find at the world’s top restaurants. Howie is a superb host. I really enjoyed getting to know him, and he took great pains to ensure that all our needs were met during our stay. I can’t say enough good things about this unique experience.