The Luxe List 2012, Cambodia: Maison Polanka, Siem Reap

Hidden behind Wat Polanka in a quiet residential quarter northeast of town, Maison Polanka is the former family home of Cambodian-French woman Nathalie Saphon Ridel, who has converted the main house into a four-room inn filled with vintage furniture, Khmer artifacts, and pieces by local artists.

The estate also features the Khmer house, a traditional stilted dwelling relocated here from a rural village; upstairs is an open-plan suite, while on ground level, an alfresco living room comes complete with a pair of bicycles for trips up the road to Angkor Wat. Meals, served in a poolside pavilion, are straight from Saphon Ridel’s family recipe book of French and Khmer dishes.

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