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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 #7 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The former home of the interesting and very talented heiress, Doris Duke. Go see it, if you are a culture " buff" Fabulous mix of antiques, modern furnishings and Hollywood chic are displayed in this beautiful, ocean and cliff-front home. A wonderful glimpse into Doris' world.

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Williamstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I visted Doris Duke's estate in Newport, Ri and the tour guide mentioned Shangri La. Since then it has been on my bucket list. Before arriving in Honolulu I booked the tour. The tours to Shangri La are by small groups (@16 people) transported from the Honolulu Museum. One cannot go to Shangri La alone by car. There is no... More

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Pampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A friend had mentioned that she enjoyed this tour and I trust her taste, so I booked tickets before we left on our trip. We enjoyed the Hawaii Art Museum and the special exhibit on Hawaiian Art Deco advertisements very much before the tour and even had a very nice lunch in the courtyard of the museum. The tour of... More

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Westhampton Beach, NY
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The art and the architecture make Shangri La a hidden gem and a lovely thing to do in Honolulu. You don't have to have a understanding of Islamic Art to appreciate the beauty and diversity of this collection. The home itself is perched right on the ocean. Make sure to make a reservation and plan to have lunch afterwards at... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you have multiple days in your visit, and enjoy beautiful art and places, then this is something you should do. You have to take a provided shuttle from Honolulu Museum of Art (your $25. ticket includes admission there, wonderful museum, great place for lunch). But the visit to Shangri-La itself: provides an opportunity to visit one of Honolulu's upscale... More

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Having been to Hawaii twice before and never organised ourselves into this tour, we were determined this time. We booked early and arrived at the museum but read your instructions about where to go i.e. to the side door - we didn't!! The bus ride was enjoyable with a video about Doris Duke's life - I recommend going early and... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Doris Duke's Shangri La is gorgeous, and I left reluctantly at the end of the tour. The art and architecture in the house is spectacular and impressive, as are the views and the way the house was designed to take advantage of Oahu's fabulous weather. I highly recommend a visit to Shangri La!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Despite having to start at Museum of Art and get bus to Shangri-la was an effortless and enjoyable experience. Tour is well paced and takes about 2.5 hours from pick up to return to museum. Even if not a fan of Islamic art the home and intricate mosaics and artefacts are amazing. What I loved was all set in a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Amazing art, tile work, design, and views. One bummer no photos inside the estate. In arabic the front door says "Beauty is important on the inside, not the outside,' thus the plain exterior. Amazing how she had all this money and built a 2 bedroom home, with a dining table that only seats 6. Nice to see this very private... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

With an endless amount ot money and plently of time to spend it, Doris Duke created a palace by the sea. She loved Islamic art, without being a Muslim, and used it to decorate her private estate. It is Hearst Castle on a smaller scale. It was an interesting visit. Hint: no air conditioning so take an early in the... More

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