It’s only a one-hour flight from Bangkok, but this retreat feels years away in terms of quiet. Located near Thailand’s “Rose of the North” — Chiang Mai — Howie’s HomeStay is nestled in four private acres, surrounded by gardens with a glimpse of the Himalayan foothills. And its invitation is almost irresistible: “Every day we wake up among the lush green foothills of the Himalayas outside Chiang Mai and appreciate living in these magnificent surroundings. Now we invite you to join us.” You can join them…although you might have to wait your turn: this entire resort is offered to only one party at a time, for utter and complete privacy. The good news is, for a family or other group, there’s plenty of space: the main house, a Family Suite, and a Teak Pavilion provide up to 4 bedrooms of space — all within easy walking range of each other.
What to do with your days? That’s up to you. The staff is willing to design your stay to include activities you choose — or just leave you on your own to lounge by the pool, curl up in a soft down bed with a good book, or catch up on a little rest. Exploring the area, though, is a treat: from guided trips (with your own car and driver) to the marketplace, an elephant excursion, a cultural tour, or even some “shopping therapy,” just ask. You can find everything from souvenirs to home décor items to tribal artifacts and antiques. It’s a dream vacation: secluded away in a hut over the water…diving beneath a cascade in your private lagoon…feasting on gourmet cuisine (including all the fresh tropical fruit you like!)…or wandering the fascinating garden paths amid sculptures and up-lighted foliage — it all awaits you at Howie’s HomeStay.