Maison Polanka

Maison Polanka is a place of refinement and peace where Jean Pierre moved in 1992 to start the Chantiers Ecoles great adventure, where he met Nathalie and where their two children grew up. The Property has hosted magical family gatherings and countless parties. After the family moved to Phnom Penh for the children to pursue their studies, it was decided to find a new life for the house and its staff.
Maison Polanka is a very special blend of Cambodian and French culture in the hospitality world. It opened in May 2012.

NATHALIE

A Cambodian childhood


born in the sixties in Phnom Penh from a French mother and a Cambodian father, Nathalie grew up in the city before being forced to leave Cambodia under the bombings in 1974. In 1992, she decided to come back in search of the origins of Khmer culture and Art forms and implemented an inventory of Khmer crafts after twenty years of war.

Boutiques


In 2000, Nathalie launched in the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor her own vision of Khmer excellence in crafts, a distinctive style made of perfection and simplicity in its forms, luxury in its ma terials, excellence in its craft manship. “Khmer Attitude” displays the best of Cambodia silver and silks and mixing talents, techniques and materials. www.khattitude.com

In 2015, Le Phnom concept store was added to Khmer Attitude. Upholding Fair Trade values, promoting design and high quality, Le Phnom is a chic and urban showcase for home deco and clothings products. Using eco-friendly material and techniques, the collection is innovative, modern and contemporary. Le Phnom is located in the historical Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh.

Involvement in the local communities


Nathalie is lending her time and experience with local NGO projects. She is the chairman of Osmose, a social environmental project located on the Tonle Sap lake since 2003. She started the water hyacinth handicraft project that now provides income to 30 of the poorest families of Prek Toal Village. www.osmosetonlesap.net
She closely collaborates with Weaves of Cambodia, a high end quality weaving workshop and NGO located in remote Preah Vihear Province. www.weavesofcambodia.com
Nathalie supports the dance troup “Sacred dancers of Angkor “ established by Nginn Karet Foundation Cambodia (NKFC- nkfc.org). The Foundation aims at helping the development of villages around Bantey Srey through the education of traditional and spiritual dance.





JEAN PIERRE

La grande aventure des Chantiers écoles


After a successful career in the engineering processes, Jean Pierre decided to change life when he turned 40 and became a laïc monk, with the project of helping young and poor uneducated populations. He arrived in Siem Reap in 1992 with the project of opening a training school. Siem Reap was a little city, still surrounded by Khmer Rouge guerilla.

A pioneer vocational training school

Created in 1992 with the Ministry of Education, the Chantiers Ecoles trained from 1992 until 2004 thousands of young non educated people to all building techniques, to sandstone and wood carving as well as silk weaving.

  • A pioneer vocational training school

    Created in 1992 with the Ministry of Education, the Chantiers Ecoles trained from 1992 until 2004 thousands of young non educated people to all building techniques, to sandstone and wood carving as well as silk .

Creation of the Artisans d’Angkor in 2002

The success of the project brought a new turn. The Crafts part of the Chantiers Ecoles became a company, the Artisans d’Angkor which has been since the showcase of khmer workmanship. In 2015 about 1.200 artisans had been trained and employed.