What's not to like, much less absolutely fawn and drool over?
Both the bedroom and the public rooms and gardens are far more inspiring than the Four Seasons (nearby) or the Mandarin Oriental (about 30 minutes away). If you are considering either of these luxury hotels, you should consider instead staying at Howie's for 20-80% less. Keep in mind that you don't pay extra here for the meals.
We particularly enjoyed getting to know Howie and Jerri, especially learning to cook Thai food with Jerri in the kitchen. Additionally we had the privilege of being in Chiang Mai during Loy Kratong festival during which Howie and Jerri personally guided us on an evening tour through the city, helping us both navigate the chaos and understand the traditions.
Besides the hosting, the other main point of difference at Howie's is the design. The house was designed by Bill Bensley who is racking up awards for hotel design around the world. A number of pavilions are connected by enchanting outdoor walkways, gardens ponds and pools, including an outdoor dining table with a fountain in the middle of the table, sitting under a canopy of trailing vines amidst traditionally built brick columns. Every time you turn a corner there, you see a new detail of interior or exterior design to delight you. The bathroom of the room included its own large private garden with exterior tub overlooking the lotus pond and outdoor shower as well. Everything was beautifully presented and dramatically lit - it is rare for a space to look even better at night than during the day. I completely agree with the previous review that says the property really looks like it does in the photos.
I had not heard of this place until a friend tipped me off, but I can't imagine visiting Chiang Mai again and not returning to Howie's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful and unique Thai dream house in the Himalayan foothills outside Chiang Mai featured in Architectural Digest, now welcomes guests to the one bedroom Teak Pavilion. A singular accommodation with 8-meter teak ceilings, floor to ceiling windows that open onto tropical gardens plus outdoor bathroom with sunken bath can be yours. Total privacy, home cooked Thai dinners served by the palm-fringed pool, daily massages, car w/driver are all included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howie's HomeStay Chiang Mai Province, Thailand