Throw away the cookie-cutter
What we say:
Maison Polanka is an elegant upscale boutique retreat that’s a cross between a refined hotel and a relaxed, welcoming home, with a spacious garden setting housing two traditional Khmer villas. While there may only be a total of five rooms and suites, this is an intimate and inviting property that’s packed with both personality and personal service.
Located by Wat Polanka pagoda in a more residential part of town, the private, gated residence is secluded without being far-flung, situated halfway between the temples and town off a windy narrow road behind the back of the pagoda. A few minor bumps leading up to the property are well worth it.
Besides the open air restaurant and bar which serves up French and Khmer cuisine, the vibrant blue of the infinity-edge swimming pool is accentuated by matching pool towels and complimented by the generous green gardens studded with swaying palm trees. This ample space is safe for young ones to roam around and creates a real back-to-nature feel that more centrally located bolt holes don’t usually offer.
Throwing away the cookie-cutter, this former family home consists of the main building, The Maison, which has been converted into four rooms: Purple, Green, Orange and Yellow. Adjacent perches The Khmer House, a 1940s restored traditional stilted wooden villa relocated to the estate from a rural village, offering one generously proportioned King sized double room.
The rooms in The Maison are all individual in style and colour palette, though each are similarly decked out with vintage furniture, colourful crafts and the owner’s private collection of hand-picked art by Cambodian, Asian and European artists. Simple splashes of colour are used to create a cohesive theme set against simple wooden floors and pared-back finish, bringing together details such as a yellow bed throw and matching yellow Elephant statue from Theam’s House on the writing desk in the aptly named Yellow Room, at US$180 a night.
If the Green Room — $280 a night — bedroom is spacious, the outdoor veranda and living room attached is positively colossal, looking down over the swimming pool. The Orange Room is diminutive in stature, but no less so in the style stakes, with the tops of trees brushing at the window of this twin room (though the beds can be arranged to create a double) which costs $150 a night.
The separate quaint Khmer House is USD$330 a night and features an open plan design for the single capacious suite, allowing enough space to do cartwheels. The high ceilings and painted wooden beams add volume and charm in equal measure. Under the house between the stilts hides its own alfresco living space, complete with bicycles for exploring the town or the ruins of Angkor.
For groups of friends and families travelling together, Maison Polanka can be rented in its entirety for complete privacy for USD$1,100 a night.
More contemporary and creative in its decor than rustic-chic Sala Lodges, the latter is also worth considering if you like a unique ambience, comprising a ‘village’ of renovated traditional Khmer villas in a rural setting.
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Contact details:Upper East River Rd, north of Wat Polanka, Siem Reap. T: (012) 499 810
Email them at: moc.aknalopnosiam@tcatnoc
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Standard - Double||150 USD||150 USD||Also $180, $230, $330 for Khmer House|
Added to Travelfish on: 12th March, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 12th March, 2014
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Upper East River Rd, north of Wat Polanka, Siem Reap.
T: (012) 499 810
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