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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 #5 of 164 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a collection of Islamic artwork.

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New York City, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

My group had a great docent. She was enthusiastic, totally involved and made her objectives clear from the start of the tour. She educated us about Islamic art and helped us to have a very enjoyable time. The house and grounds are exquisite and provided images that are deeply etched in my mind. It was definitely worth the money and... More

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Ocean City, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

At a time when we don't think we would have the opportunity to visit countries in the Middle East, this was an opportunity to learn, appreciate and experience Islamic Art in all forms. Small group tours only.

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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

First of all, I must say that this tour is a really good deal for $25 (plus $1.50 reservation fee if you book online) since it includes a 90 minute guided tour, the shuttle ride to/from the estate and the admission to the Museum of Arts! We booked the early tour at 9 a.m. after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I had never heard of this place until my wife mentioned that she had booked us on a tour of the property. But I'm so glad she did! Tours start at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and you are driven to Shangri La, which is near the base of Diamond Head crater. The tour is about an hour, and you... More

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Islamorada, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

You must make the reservations for the tour of the Doris Duke estate through the Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum shuttles you to the estate that is in a residential area. The estate has been mostly restored and if full of Islamic art. The view and setting is stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Only someone with incredible wealth and time could have created this retreat. It's wonderful that it still exists and is maintained. This is a don't miss if you enjoy art history.

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Toano, Virginia
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Admirable legacy to enlighten others about Muslim art. It is beautiful. Our tour guide was fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My husband booked the tour and I didn't know what to expect. But it was truly unique. You can't find this type of architecture and art without going to the middle east. Like others have stated, it can be muggy and warm because there is no a/c but they tell you that on the website. There are moments when you... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Do not miss Shangri La. No matter what your personal feelings about the Middle East and Islam, Shangri La is very much worth seeing. The stunning art and architecture of the place will overwhelm you, and the interpretive guides are very knowledgeable. My husband said that he liked our tour of Shangri La even better than the tours he's taken... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We didn't stay here, but were able to walk up and dine at there amazing bar on the beach. We had this amazing dish called poke a few times, and since then haven't been able to find anything like it. Can't wait to go back!

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