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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Local Culture
- 67%Luxury Travelers
User Reviews (5 Reviews)
- Shangri LaCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Dec 14, 2013
I've stepped into my fair share of mansions in my lifetime, however I rarely ever feel compelled to say I want to live in any particular one... until now. Doris Duke's Shangri La is elegant and understated, culturally significant as a work of art as much as it is a pinpoint in American history. The heiress's estate is filled with Islamic art, painstakingly ported from the Middle East and maintained by a dedicated staff. Located right by the water along one end of Diamond Head Crater, it's perhaps the most beautiful house I've ever been in.
- Shangri LaOct 20, 2013
I know the phrase "hidden gem" is a total travel cliche, but there's no other way to describe this place. Doris Duke's former mansion near Diamond Head is stuffed full of Islamic art collected during her world travels. The pieces span several centuries and even more countries. Docent-guided tours are uniquely personalized, so even if you've been here before, you might learn something new on a second visit. If nothing else, the ocean views from the backyard are incredible.
Make tour reservations in advance. Tours leave from the Honolulu Academy of Arts (an A+ art museum) in downtown Honolulu, and take about 2-1/2 hours. This is an awesome rainy-day activity on Oahu, because the house looks completely different when it's dark and they turn the inside lights on.Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
- Shangri LaJul 01, 2013
The house does have some amazing Islamic Art. The normal tour can be somewhat restricting as photography is not allowed within the house itself (clumsiness). It also has some of the best views of the beach it is over. Normally, one does have to book a tour through the Honolulu Museum of Art.
- Shangri LaJul 05, 2012
Sara's absolutely right--if you thrive on art, history, architecture or beautiful landscapes, you'll really enjoy this museum. Shangri La contains one of the best collections of Islamic art in the country and is set right on the oceanfront near Diamond Head. Reservations in advance are necessary, as the small tours can be booked weeks in advance. I'm one of the docents--say hi if you come for a visit!Recommended for:History Buffs