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“Display of Islamic art in an idyllic setting”
Review of Shangri La

Shangri La
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Half-day Bike Tour and Hike to Diamond Head
Ranked #12 of 324 things to do in Honolulu
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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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Display of Islamic art in an idyllic setting”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Excellent tour including stories about Doris Duke's collections of art and furnishings and her unique life

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Second visit”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I like impressing visitors with this tour. It is very well organized and amazingly affordable and easy to do. I strongly recommend this to all art lovers!

Visited January 2013
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88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“doris duke”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

you must make reservations thru the art museum. entrance fee to the museum is included with the tour of shangri la. you meet at the museum and transported to the house located on the ocean.
doris duke was very rich and loved islamic art and architecture. not all of the house is accessible, but the tour gives you an insight to a very interesting woman and the way she chose to live. pictures are not allowed inside the home.

Visited February 2012
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Houston, Texas
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428 reviews
341 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“classy home, bonus--free visit to the lovely art museum”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

we had booked a 9am visit on Dec 14th online. as instructed parked our car and waited at the Honolulu art museum watching a short intro movie about Doris Duke the richest girl in the world who had built this holiday home after her honeymoon. a shuttle took us to the seaside home and our docent took us on the tour of the gardens and select rooms in the house --explaining about the islamic architecture in use. though the house is modelled on palace rooms in the islamic world, it has not really achieved the wow factor. it was a pleasant visit though... we were given a free entry to the honolulu art museum after we were dropped off there... that turned out to be a real bonus as we loved the galleries and the courtyards and stayed on for more than 4 hours enjoying all the exhibits

Visited December 2012
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Palm Springs, California
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great tour, wish you could take pictures”
Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

The house was amazing and our guide very knowledgeable and personable. Have read a lot about Doris duke and the house so it was great to see in person. Wish more of the house was open and wish you could take pictures inside. The tour book for $55 was not fantastic, and would like to have had more pictures of the rooms. The bedroom is supposed to open in 2014. Not sure if the playhouse will open in the future. Is costly at $25 for the amount you get to see. Apparently Elton john got to see the playhouse when he went on a private tour...from what our tourguide said. Guess he paid more than $25 lol.

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