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75/1 Moo 1, Ban Mai, Mae Ram, Mae Rim 50180 Thailand
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#2 of 29 hotels in Mae Rim
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Your own Private Luxury Hotel Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand We only take one booking at a time guaranteeing that you and your party will be the ONLY guests at the property throughout your stay. Our ALL-INCLUSIVE rates provide 3 daily home cooked meals, airport transfers, mini bar and more included in the price. A modern interpretation of Thai Lanna beauty, everything about this Luxury Boutique hotel Chiang Mai represents a higher level of luxury. This Thai villa and holiday resort is an exclusive sanctuary of complete serenity, striking beauty and gracious service. This private luxury villa outside Chiang Mai gives 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 Chiang Mai Thai Villa. We specialize in impeccable service, spectacular gardens, award winning architecture and delicious authentic homemade Thai food.
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Infinity pool
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Gene H wrote a review Mar 2022
Canton, Georgia3 contributions
We had the privilege of visiting Howie’s Homestay with our daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Greg, which had been their longtime dream. It was even better than any of us had imagined! We were warmly greeted at the entrance by Howie as he toured us all around this beautifully landscaped mystical paradise with winding pathways, bridges, ponds, and authentic Thai accents throughout. The rustic teak architecture of the home and suites were simply stunning. The gorgeous kitchen/dining room overlooked the far end of a large infinity pool where we could see the beautiful countryside with long-range mountain views just beyond the property. Since only one group/family at a time visits, we had the whole place to ourselves, which was very peaceful and relaxing. Howie’s extremely talented wife, Jerri, made us the tastiest and most artful Thai meals from scratch. We are quite sure she could even teach celebrity chefs a few lessons in both flavor and food art. We enjoyed the interesting and fun conversations with Howe and Jerri as they joined us for some meals. Their hospitality was incredible. Howie takes the time to find in advance what types of activities guests might want to enjoy during the visit. He customized and planned every single detail so that all our time spent was simply relaxing and enjoying the area. Eddy, the customized tour guide and driver, was a pleasure to be with and very knowledgeable about the area. With our welcoming gestures, we even got to enjoy little visits from our furry friends, Gigi and Deedee, as they made their daily rounds. Overall, we would rate this experience off the scale and words cannot describe this magical and charming treasure called “Howie’s Homestay”. Gene and Kimberly Hatfield
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Terri D wrote a review Feb 2022
Winter Garden, Florida33 contributions48 helpful votes
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Greg and I first visited Thailand for our honeymoon in November 2016. We absolutely fell in love with the country. It was during this time that I first laid eyes on Howie’s Homestay and heard about the wildly talented architect, Bill Bensley. Although we didn't stay at Howie's Homestay in 2016, I never forgot it. When we made the decision to return to Chiang Mai with my parents in Jan 2022, we were thrilled to book this exquisite private Chiang Mai luxury villa. It was exciting to know that we would be the only guests during our time there! The 10 STAR (way above 5 star) service began long before we arrived in Thailand. Howie offered his expertise at every corner from the moment we made contact. Traveling during the pandemic came with some extra obstacles but Howie was right there to help us decipher a plan to be compliant with Thai and US travel rules. Howie proactively offered to help us set up our daily activities and made amazing recommendations taking into consideration our preferences. He also lined up our driver and our incredible guide, Addy. Every single detail was considered and planned ahead of time with ease. Howie knew all the best places and really took so much stress out of planning our vacation. My family was excited to experience this place I had been describing to them. When we arrived at Howie's Homestay, I took a moment and had to exhale. It was perfect in every way - and unbelievably, it exceeded my expectations which were over the moon! Simply put, it's like heaven on earth. Literally. It's so beautiful with so much to explore and see - Howie's collection of antiques, the art, the insanely stunning architect, the beautiful garden. The accommodations were perfect and private and just pure luxury. Even for the pickest eater in our group, we were all so impressed by Jerri and her home-cooked Thai cuisine. We ate things we'd never heard of and loved each bite! Howie and Jerri are special, special people. We enjoyed conversations and stories with Howie every night in the dining room. We even had vacation dogs - Didi and Gigi - beautiful angels who we enjoyed so much. This is a trip we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Getting to experience Howie's Homestay and call it our home for a short bit, was the hugest honor. It was sad to say good bye. We are so grateful for the memories and will never forget our time at Howie's Homestay. We look forward to a day when we can return and bring friends to share it with.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Isabel Roth wrote a review Feb 2022
Miami Beach, Florida1 contribution
It’s difficult for me to know where to begin, since the entire experience at Howie’s Homestay was sheer perfection! From the moment you speak with Howie, everything is arranged for you, in the most exclusive and seamless manner. Howie, only works with the best, so his team/staff is held to the highest standard, and exceed your expectations. We were picked up at the airport by Addy and our driver, and upon arrival were greeted by Howie, (you immediately fall in love with this man) and by the time he gave us a tour of the property, our bags were already in our beautiful Villa. From the moment you walk in, you feel the harmony and beauty of what is to be your “home” for the next few days, or weeks if you’re lucky! From the orchids, to the fruit plate, the fully stocked private fridge with water, soft drinks, snacks, and beer upon request, you will want for nothing. Everything is luxurious and tasteful, down to the bath products and artisanal soaps. Jerri, Howie’s wife, is not only beautiful and warm, but is one of the most creative and talented cooks, I’ve ever met. Truly Michelin Star quality food, from the ingredients, to execution, presentation, creativity, and of course taste. Everything she made was delicious and beautiful! Oh, did I mention the desserts? Exquisite! Jerri cooks with love, and it shows in everything she does. Also, for your day trips, she always sends a little snack or packed lunch, which were much appreciated. Howie, my main man, (I have a soft spot for this Bostonian) is the one makes everything work… he arranges everything. We went to the Patara Elephant Farm (great experience) and to explore some waterfalls, and temples. We wanted to do some sightseeing, but the property itself is such a work or art, that it was hard to leave! From the gardens, to the pool, the hidden architectural gems everywhere, every day, I discovered something different. This is not your regular “homestay” lodging, it’s an architectural wonder, so tastefully done, and done with love. I can’t recommend it enough, it was the most beautiful and peaceful place we have ever stayed at, and we travel extensively. We did not want to leave, but will definitely be retuning as soon as we can. This was part of our wedding anniversary trip (we do one every year, for the last 27 years) and it was one, if not my favorite place to stay at. There are no other guests at the property, either than your group/family, during your stay. It’s all yours, and all about you. It’s your very own Garden of Eden! Didi and Gigi, (love these dogs) are the family’s pets, and can be as present or absent as you want ,depending if you are dog lovers or not. We LOVE dogs, so it was an added bonus to have Didi keep us company and to play with. For our last afternoon there, and before our long trip back to Miami Beach, Howie made reservations for us at this amazing spa, where we had the works, after we got in a little shopping. Again, Addy and our driver took us to the airport, after having spent the day at our disposal and accompanying us on our shopping, and translating for us. We appreciated them both, and their professionalism. Howie, is there when you need him, makes sure you have everything you need, but gives you absolute privacy as well. It’s the perfect balance, it’s the perfect place, and we can’t wait to return. Thank you Howie and Jerri, you made our trip to Thailand unforgettable, and perfect.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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scdevereaux wrote a review Jan 2022
Doha, Qatar46 contributions3 helpful votes
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I had my eye on Howie's Homestay for a number of years. This year a vacation plans for Thailand finally fell into place. From first contact I knew I was dealing with something different. You're not dealing with a chain or entity, you’re dealing with Howie, his wife and team. This prompted a call. Howie's personality and demeanor had me hooked. I hung up happy and the booking was confirmed with a simple email, call it a handshake. My wife and I arrived and were greeted by Howie and his team. The check-in process wasn't a process at all. We felt like we were visiting an old friend. Everything about it was casual. The property is a 4 acre work of art, an architectural marvel, which is dedicated to your use for the duration of your stay. There are no other guests. At ever point on the property there is something new to see for every 5 degrees you look. The place is unbelievable yet very, very real. We only left the property once for a visit Patara Elephant Farm (highly recommend). There were a number of activities we could have done but opted to simply enjoy the property. How could you not? It is, by definition, a Shangri La. To boot, his wife, Jerri is a sweetheart and one hell-of-a cook! All of her dinner dishes stack up against some of the best Thailand had to offer during our visit. We didn't pay a thing until the very end of our stay. There was no deposit, no upfront this, no block on that. Howie doesn’t nickel and dime. It was one price for everything (food, drink, laundry, excursions, you name it). Everything about the experience was warm, friendly, simple and to the point. This ranks as one of the best travel experiences we've had to date. If we'd died and gone to heaven it wouldn't be St. Peter who'd meet us at the pearly gates. It'd probably be Howie.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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55shankarsf wrote a review Dec 2021
Atlanta, Georgia11 contributions6 helpful votes
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Howie's Homestay is the best kept secret! We stayed 6 nights for a family vacation. We having been trying to visit for the last year and a half. Howie made our vacation seamless by keeping updated on the changing travel requirements. This was the most stress-free vacation, from the moment we landed everything was taken care of. The excursions recommended and arranged by Howie were the best and his staff looked out after us. A big thank you to Addy our tour guide & to our driver. Meals at Howie's are made by his wife Jerri and were the highlight of our day. Each meal was a work of art & the flavors were phenomenal. She is a true artist at her craft. I can't say enough about how amazing our experience has been. The location & accommodations are the best you will find. If you can make it to Howie's before all the tourists return I highly suggest you do so. Thank you to Howie, Jerri & staff that made our vacation the best we have ever experienced!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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LemayianOlePere wrote a review Feb 2021
Chiang Mai, Thailand6 contributions7 helpful votes
We are residents of Thailand and trying to find hidden gems in-country to stay at for our vacations. Our favourite place we’ve found recently is Howie’s Homestay. Magical, exclusive, lush, and easy to get to. The hostess Pii Jerri cooked up the best Thai food you’ll ever have. Her partner Howie will ensure any other needs or questions you have are answered. Their team of people look after all the details. The superlative gardens and design of the property will keep you in wonder. We highly recommend Howie’s for a luxurious and special signature Thai experience and plan to return.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Raja Banerjee wrote a review Dec 2020
bangkok190 contributions
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. Jerry, 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
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Jonky1 wrote a review Sep 2020
Chiang Mai, Thailand1235 contributions125 helpful votes
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If you’re looking for the most romantic, private place in Chiang Mai, you found it! There’s 7 villas; however, they only rent out to one group at a time. Meaning if your only a couple, you'll have the entire resort to yourselves. It’s extremely secluded, and tranquil. The property was designed by architect Bill Bensley, which you'll quickly notice the attention to every detail possible. It’s about a 30 min drive from the airport, with a few shops for essentials in the area ( 7-11, pharmacy, fruit stands) about 2 minutes away. To do’s - waterfalls, elephants, bicycle tours, scenic area. The price is all inclusive, with all meals included by their onsite talented cook Jeri, which in its self is a thai culinary experience. They have a French Chef Alexandre Demard cook for French fine dinning chefs table experiences too,inquiry. The host Howie is very welcoming and accommodating with a wealth information about Chiang Mai and whose who. Best choice you can make, highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Pam wrote a review Jul 2020
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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.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Amy F. wrote a review Jun 2020
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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.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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PRICE RANGE
$951 - $974 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ThailandChiang Mai ProvinceMae Rim
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Howie's HomeStay
Which popular attractions are close to Howie's HomeStay?
Nearby attractions include Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (1.4 miles), Siam Insect Zoo (0.3 miles), and Huay Tung Tao Lake (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Howie's HomeStay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Howie's HomeStay?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Howie's HomeStay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Howie's HomeStay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Howie's HomeStay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pansawan Boutique Restaurant, Steak Of The Day, and Sala Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Howie's HomeStay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Howie's HomeStay have airport transportation?
Yes, Howie's HomeStay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Howie's HomeStay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to Howie's HomeStay?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Dara Pirom Palace (2.2 miles).
Does Howie's HomeStay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.