“With 5 rooms only, located in a large garden in Siem Reap, Maison Polanka is a very private retreat: 1 room is built on a restored wooden Khmer house, and 4 other in a larger 2-storey villa.”,
Kim, the discoverer.
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Villa Description

Maison Polanka is a collection of unique Cambodian houses offering hotel services in spacious tropical gardens. Set in the sprawling grounds of a family estate, Maison Polanka hosts 5 luxury rooms and suites. Nestled in the heart of the local riverside village, yet close to the temples and the old market, Maison Polanka is a private Cambodian residence that will provide your stay in Ankgor with luxury and authenticity.

There is no substitute for local knowledge and personal assistance to help you plan the perfect stay. The Secret Retreats Concierge is ready to share insider tips with you to ensure you book the best room for your stay on the best available rate or offer , to share tips on what to see and do and where to dine, to help you with personal requests, and to keep you informed of any cultural events, shows or festivals that match your dates of stay. Enjoy the difference that turns a good stay, into a great travel experience. Your Secret Retreats Concierge is looking forward to hearing from you. Contact the concierge on dream@secret-retreats.com.

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Villa Facilities & Highlights

Maison Polanka highlight
infinity pool 20x8
Maison Polanka highlight
The focus of your culinary experience in Maison Polanka is on the freshness of the ingredients, culled from either the garden or the local markets, which dictate the full flavours of traditional Cambodian cooking based from true family recipes handed down from generations. The flavours of the West is also offered with the same passion through the family’s French heritage, resulting to an interesting merging of Asian traditions and European culinary techniques.

Your Host & The Team

Jean-Pierre & Nathalie MartialJean-Pierre & Nathalie Martial
“Our life in Cambodia is about commitments in development project and rebirth of crafts in a post civil war country. It started in 1992, when I arrived in Siem Reap with the ambitious project to provide technical training to young Cambodians without formal education. With a strong vision which guided me through difficult times, with the intuition and artistic eye of Nathalie, what started as a NGO project in a post-civil war country became through the years Siem Reap biggest employer today, the Artisans d’Angkor. It is in Maison Polanka that I settled down in 1992, it is there where I met my wife and where my children were born and grew up. It is where we decided to share our vision of modern Cambodia : the simplicity yet superb comfort of a traditional home, the modernity of contemporary local Art works, the subtility of Khmer cuisine handed down from Nathalie’ s family, the genuine hospitality of Cambodia, the sense of sharing and caring for communities. Because of the attention we gave at all details , at creating a wonderful team to host guests, you will feel bliss in these holy grounds.”

We Care

Maison Polanka had been actively involved in numerous local community projects since 1992. They support conservation and environment through education to local floating village communities, provide environmental education to children, and help the poorest community members with food security improvement (57 floating gardens), health assistance, water sanitation (distribution of water filters), schooling assistance, emergency material assistance (food, boats, housing), and financial security (savings groups).

Additionally, the hotel supports other programmes that provide poor families with sustainable livelihood improvement that does not impact Cambodia’s natural resources. Trained by Osmose, 35 women in the Water Hyacinth Handicraft (Saray cooperative) create bags, baskets, mats and furnishings from the abundant water hyacinth on the lake. Alongside Osmose, Maison Polanka strongly encourages ecotourism as seen in organised small group guided tours to explore the flooded forest, a bird sanctuary, and village life. Besides giving visitors a unique perspective on Cambodian life and wildlife, and raising awareness of the fragility of a unique ecosystem, these tours, as well as village tours by paddle boat, give direct income to villagers.

Our mission:
  • Environmental Education
    This program has reached 3000 children in three villages and is now integrated in the Primary Schools. Three teachers in each village provide indoor and outdoor classes and practical guidance, including bird-watching, waste collection and recycling, floating gardens, study of the flooded forest and tree plantations. The objective is to raise the next generation of guardians for the unique and fragile ecosystem that sustains the Tonle Sap Great Lake, while also indirectly extending our knowledge to today’s environmental dependents, the parents of the children. In 2014, we extended the program to Prek Kantiel which is a village inside the Bird Sanctuary.
  • Local Development
    We provide case-by-case support to the poorest community members according to their needs, capacities and expectations. 170 families are registered with Osmose, and each one is followed up regularly in order to prevent their falling into deeper poverty. The activities of the Community Support programme include: food security improvement (57 floating gardens), health assistance (paediatric mobile clinics with the Angkor Hospital for Children and universal mobile clinics with HAMAP, a French medical NGO), water sanitation (distribution of water filters), schooling assistance, emergency material assistance (food, boats, housing) and financial security (savings groups). These activities reach many hundreds of families, not only Osmose families.
  • Livelihoods
    This program aims to provide poor families with sustainable livelihood improvement that does not impact on natural resources. Water Hyacinth Handicraft (Saray cooperative) : started in 2004 this program today involves 35 women. Trained by Osmose, the women create bags, baskets, mats and furnishings from the super-abundant water hyacinth on the lake. In 2011, the women generated a collective income of almost US$15000. Some of their products (large mats) can be seen in the biggest hotels of Siem Reap. Saray has started to export small quantities of articles overseas (Greece, Mexico…), and works on building partnerships with fair trade shops in UK and France. The next steps for this program will be to increase the number of beneficiaries in Prek Toal, improve the production process, design new models, develop the national and international markets and even share knowledge with others: in 2010, a team from Benin came to learn water hyacinth weaving skills from the women of Prek Toal.
  • Ecotourism and Community based Ecotourism
    The flagship of the Osmose sustainable development programme, Ecotourism was developed expressly to provide alternative sources of income for those who had, until implementation, been harvesting the eggs of endangered bird species which depend on the Tonle Sap Lake as their breeding area.
    Osmose organizes guided tours for small groups in the core area, exploring the flooded forest, the bird sanctuary and village life itself. More than giving visitors a unique perspective on Cambodian life and wildlife, or raising awareness of the fragility of a unique ecosystem, these tours contribute to financing the local development programs in Prek Toal village and to providing direct income for the villagers involved in the project (home stays and tourists’ activities).
    In 2005 in Prek Toal, Osmose implemented the Community-Based Village Tour through participatory process with the villagers to create a “village tour by paddle boat,” which is now entirely managed and organized by the villagers themselves: they bring the visitors around the village, showing them the daily activities in a floating village (floating gardens, water hyacinth handicraft, fish farms, crocodile farms, etc...). The following year, 10 Home Stays were opened to the overnight visitors.
The NGO is nearly self-funded: 90 % of our money comes from our Ecotourism program. For the remaining 10 % we apply for grants (UN) or private donations.

Welcome to Siem Reap

Bursting with life and laden with Khmer, colonial and Chinese architecture, the small provincial capital of Siem Reap serves as the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park. Stretching over 400 square kilometres and one of the world’s most esteemed treasures, this UNESCO World Heritage site contains dozens of temples and other magnificent Khmer Empire remains from the 9th to the 15th century. In addition to the revered 12th century masterpiece dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu Angkor Wat, other wonders found here include: Angkor Thom’s Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, and the astonishing temple overtaken by vines and roots Ta Prohm.

Besides Angkor, other activities comprise: elephant rides, browsing the wonderful craft shops, visiting a silk farm, taking a boat ride on the serene Tonle Sap Lake to witness the life of the people in the floating villages, and Aspara dance performances. For the more adventurous, a road tour on a quad (ATV) through villages and rice paddies is an exhilarating experience. As night falls, Siem Reap lights up with dozens of restaurants, bars, cafés and other places in which to while away the evening. Enchanting treasures, hospitable people, bustling nightlife—welcome to Siem Reap.

Useful Information

Total number of rooms: 2
Annual closing:
open all year

Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Hanoi
Currency accepted: USD, KHR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:      
Your concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on dream@secret-retreats.com
15 mn drive from the airport, next to Polanka Temple
Nearest Airport: Siem Reap Airport (REP) - 7 km

Upper East River Road, North of Wat Polanka, Siem Reap , Cambodia


Time & Weather

Current Temperature

29° C

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Local Time

2:20 pm