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Shangri La

Tours arranged through Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
+1 808-532-3853
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Ranked #10 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
Description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a collection of Islamic artwork.
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Kailua, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This place is fantastic for someone that is into an out of the ordinary experience. You start at the Honolulu Academy of Art, there are only a few tours a week. Book early (like weeks early)! You take a shuttle to the estate of Doris Duke. Travel time is provided by the museum and takes about 30 min travel time.... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Loved the Moroccan decor, detail, energy and time invested in interior design of the home. Tobacco money created a beautiful home on the slopes of Diamond that only a lot of money could have created. Enjoyed the history video and items at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It was a bit stressful to get to the bus on time due... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Visiting Shangri-La, the home of Doris Duke Cromwell, gives you a glimpse into the life of one of the country's wealthiest women, who also was very private. She fell in love with Hawaii upon visiting here, and decided to settle her, building, over the years, a home that was to become a sort of homage to her love of Middle... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Where else would Shangri La be located other than Paradise!!! A tour and walk through of one of the most famous estates in the world.

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Coarsegold, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A guided tour of a house built by a lady who got her money the old fashioned way..she inherited it :) Shows what unlimited funds and 50 years will get you on Oahu.Make advance paid reservations. You'll meet at Honolulu Art Museum where a van will pick you up and take you to the house out near Diamond Head. We... More

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Edmonton AB
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

A look at how the rich and famous live!! A guided tour of an "old money" luxury oceanfront home on Diamond Head. Heiress Doris Duke was obsessed with Islamic art and decorating and that is the essence of Shangri La. This home is beautifully maintained and restored and the location and grounds are amazing. We had a very graceful and... More

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Make reservations and meet at the Honolulu Art Museum for the shuttle to this one of a kind home/museum. Doris Duke was ultra rich and a little wacky with a terrific artistic ability. She spent years building and furnishing this amazing place. Very informative tour guides and ample time in the house and grounds. A very unexpected and wonderful experience.... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Shangri La was recommended by a friend and it was well worth the cost of the ticket. We were taken by a nice air conditioned van from the museum to the estate. It is a most beautiful home in a quiet residential area on the ocean. Doris Duke collected so much art that it is hard to believe. The beauty... More

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I hit the wrong date by mistake and now I'm out $53 with no recourse. I have tix for April 17 - 2 days after we leave Hawaii. Reading the glowing reviews makes it even worse! My fault...but just be careful. No do-overs allowed.

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scottsdale, arizona
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Poor little rich girl, Doris Duke. No life is perfect but she did make enormous efforts to accumulate objects which expressed her appreciation for art and objects from her many trips to Arab and Indian and Turkish cultures. The rooms of tiles and fabulous situation basically under Diamondhead toward Kahala right on 5 acres oceanfront.....how to beat that. Well, she... More

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