Maison Polanka

Siem Reap, Cambodia

At a Glance

  • A perfect option for those who prefer an independent and intimate boutique hotel

  • Full of character with beautiful wooden silted villas and stylish interiors

  • It's well located with a short drive to the temples of Angkor and the international airport

  • There's a cool crisp pool, ideal after a days sightseeing

  • It's very relaxed, you can eat whenever you want and the gardens are a real haven to unwind in

  • Make use of the complimentary vintage bicycles with an easy cycle into Siem Reap

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Best time to Visit

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Cambodia is hot all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It starts to get wetter in May and the wettest months are September and October. It is still possible to visit during this time as rain usually falls as short sharp storms. November is a fantastic month to visit Cambodia as it is very green after the rainy season and the lakes and rivers are full of water.

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Insider's View

Stay in the Khmer Room for a treehouse style experience

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Maison Polanka or take a look at our itineraries to Siem Reap

Description

With just five beautiful suites that sit within two unique Cambodian villas, Maison Polanka is a discrete sanctuary just a short drive from Angkor Wat. Small and intimate, it's ideal for those who want to avoid the more well-known hotels in Siem Reap.

Tucked behind Wat Polanka, Maison Polanka is a collection of stylish suites spread though two wonderful wooden villas. The villas were once a private home and they sit within luminous tropical gardens that are filled with glorious plants, birds and butterflies. The gardens are also home to a cool shimmering pool, a perfect respite from the heat.

The property is very well located, sitting close by to a leafy riverbed it's just minutes from the local markets as well as Wat Polanka, a fantastic 12th century Angkorian temple. The main Angkor Archaeological park and the center of Siem Reap are also easily reached by car or by one of the complimentary vintage bicycles.

The two villas, The Khmer House and The Maison, accommodate up to ten adults and four children in total. The refined, stylish and well appointed rooms can be booked separately, but for bigger groups the entire hotel can booked privately as well. We feel the accommodation is great for both couples and families wanting something calm and peaceful.

Eating at Maison Polanka is a very relaxed affair; breakfasts and lunches can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace and at any time. Dinners are more romantic and lit by candles. Everything at the property is very low-key but attention to detail certainly hasn't been overlooked.

Maison Polanka feels very much like a sanctuary; it's tasteful, stylish and incredibly welcoming and we feel it's a great addition to what's on offer in and around Siem Reap.

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Accommodation

There are two villas, The Maison and The Khmer House. The Maison was built in 1981 and is home to four of the rooms (Green, Purple, Yellow and Orange). The rooms can be rented out separately, or all four can be rented together to provide complete privacy. It's perfect for friends and families traveling together. The Maison is a beautiful blend of art, modern luxury and traditional Cambodian craftsmanship. The Khmer House is the fifth room available at Maison Polanka, but is essentially a private house; it's the largest space at the property and dates back to the 1940s. It's been beautifully restored to what is now a spoiling retreat with a huge terrace overlooking the gardens. Think polished wooden floors, traditional silk fabrics, hand woven rugs and modern stylish bathrooms.

Childcare

Children are very welcome at Maison Polanka, and the flexibility of the rooms make it a good option for families. However, there are no specific facilities for them. Children would enjoy the cool pool, the bullock and ox cart rides as well as the complimentary bicycles on offer.

Facilities

Maison Polanka is a very small boutique hotel so there's not a huge range of facilities, just a wonderful restaurant and a swimming pool.

Reviews

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Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)

Low key and charming boutique accommodation in the suburbs of Siem Reap. There are just 5 rooms in 2 small buildings set in jungle like garden so it feels like more of a home stay than hotel. Really nice pool surrounded by palm trees by the restaurant which serves Cambodian food, a set menu for dinner that changes daily.

Experiences

  • Angkor Thom Scavenger Hunt by Bicycle

    Exclusive to Scott Dunn and ideal for the whole family, this unique experience takes you through Angkor Thom on an adventurous photo scavenger hunt. You'll have 11 different clues peppered across the ancient temples. Success will be awarded at the end!

  • Angkor Wat at Sunrise

    Experience the majesty of Angkor Wat with a short sunrise tour, the best time to visit this ancient monument and one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites.

  • Angkor with Mr Khin Po Thai

    Spend a day with a specialist guide, Mr Khin Po Thai, one of the leading Cambodian experts on these mysterious ruins.

  • Artisans and Galleries of Siem Reap

    With your expert guide, explore the up and coming galleries and boutiques that pepper the streets of contemporary Siem Reap.

  • Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea Full Day Tour

    One of our favorite experiences in Siem Reap that gets you out to the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading on to Banteay Srei temple which is made from beautiful red sand-stone.

  • Behind the Scenes of Angkor

    Get a far more in-depth insight into Angkor with the German Apsara Conservation Project in this half-day tour, learning all about the extensive conservation work that takes place daily to restore and maintain the world's most magnificent jungle temples.

  • Breakfast at Srah Srang

    After an early morning's temple exploration, take a light breakfast overlooking the ancient royal baths of Srah Srang. Fresh croissants and pastries, fresh seasonal tropical fruits, local juices, Illy Coffee and TWG Tea will be laid out.

  • Charitable Cambodia

    Despite having a relatively stable economy that has emerged from a turbulent past, Cambodia remains a very poor country. This is an opportunity to see examples of charity work that aims to help some of the county's most vulnerable people.

  • Country Life Photography

    Explore beyond the temples of Angkor and head into rural Cambodia outside of Siem Reap. Travel by tuk-tuk with self-taught photographer, Mr Kimleng, who will lead the way into luminous paddy fields and exuberant rural villages.

  • Countryside Life and Dining

    From local villages to monk blessings and from ox-cart rides to fine dining in a paddy field, this is a truly exquisite experience that's perfect for families and couples. It's ideal for those who want to see more of Cambodia than just temples.

  • Explore Angkor Thom

    This is one of our favorite half-day experiences from Siem Reap; with specialist guides you'll avoid the crowds and head off by foot into the jungle temples before anyone else.

  • Foodie Vespa Adventure

    Explore the local culinary scene of Siem Reap on the back seat of an Italian Vespa in this lively and exciting evening experience.

  • Hidden Temple Trek

    Visit some of Angkor's hidden temples on this afternoon hike through Angkor Archaeological Park. Starting at Angkor Thom follow the walls to pass through Angkor Krau. Through paddy fields you will end at Prasat Banteay Thom where sunset drinks await.

  • Kayaking on Tonle Sap

    Enjoy Tonle Sap by kayak instead of boat to give you a more interactive and exciting view of this incredible reservoir. This experience is ideal for active families and couples!

  • Mystery dine around Siem Reap

    Experience Siem Reap's gourmet highlights in one evening - enjoy 5 different course in 5 different locations. The dining options in Siem Reap are superb and this is a great way to experience them. You will have your own tuk-tuk driver for the evening.

  • Phare - The Cambodian Circus

    Top of Siem Reap's to do list is the amazing and moving Phare, Cambodian Circus. Watch these talented young performers in a breathtakingly entertaining and original show. This hour-long show has a variety of performances to enjoy.

  • Private Temple Dinner

    This extraordinary once in a life time experience grants you a private dinner in one of Angkor's ancient temples. Completely private, this experience works for couples, families or for small groups if you are celebrating a special occasion!

  • Remote temples by helicopter

    An extraordinary day spent exploring remote and unexplored temples by helicopter and jeep. Head to Banteay, that once rivalled Angkor Wat as well as Preah Vihear, a highly disputed temple that sits near the border with Thailand.

  • Specialist Photography Tour with John McDermott

    Cambodia and the temples of Angkor offer some of the most rewarding photographic opportunities. Spend a half day with American fine art photographer, John McDermott, to ensure you capture the temples at their best.

  • Sunset Cocktails at Angkor Thom

    Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. Relaxing with gin and tonic in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song, this is a great way to end the day.

  • Taste Siem Reap - Art and Cocktails

    Enjoy an evening of contemporary art galleries and buzzing bars in Siem Reap. Be whisked away in your private tuk tuk to experience some of the town's most vibrant bars and up and coming galleries, with cocktails, dim sum and dessert included.

  • Taste Siem Reap - For A Good Cause

    Visit three of the best social enterprise restaurants in Siem Reap, traveling by private tuk tuk. Enjoy a delicious selection of food and drink, all for a good cause! This is a fun way to give back to the community and try some fantastic local cuisine .

  • Taste Siem Reap - Khmer Fine Dining

    Spend the evening sampling mouth-watering dishes at three of Siem Reap's finest restaurants. Travel between the restaurants by private tuk tuk, and enjoy a course at each stop. This is the perfect way to try some of the best cuisine Cambodia has to offer.

  • Temples of the Forest

    This fantastic tour is geared around avoiding the crowds, getting you to Ta Prohm, Ta Nei and Ta Keo at the quietest time of day. Ensconced in jungle, these temples are ideal for adventurous families and couples wanting an Indiana Jones experience!

  • Tonle Sap on Ella (private boat)

    Experience the Tonle Sap in style! Our wonderful wooden boat, Ella, has been designed from scratch to experience the wildlife and absorb the unique floating villages on the margins of the lake.

  • Villa Chandara - Experiential Dining

    Head to the Cambodian countryside for a gourmet private dining experience surrounded by luminous paddy fields.

Location & directions

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Located just 20 minutes from Siem Reap Airport in Cambodia.

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