The hotel is well-equipped, and the interior garden landscape is absolutely unique. You can also come here to visit if you don't live here.
This house is worth visiting. There are many wonderful Islamic Arts in it. Note that most parts of the house are not photographable.
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.
Located on the other side of Diamond Head to gaudy Waikiki, and a world away, this stunning private residence was built in the 1930s for heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke. The decoration, art and object represent her fascination with the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia, around which she travelled extensively during her lifetime. The house has been open to the public since 2002, though if you want to visit you'll have to join one of the guided tours, which begin from the Honolulu Museum of Art (note: these must be pre-booked and operate Wed-Sat only; transport is provided). The collection itself is as visually striking, as it is varied - especially noteworthy are the extensive collection of Islamic tiles and textiles.
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.
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!
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.
Awesome tour of beautiful Islamic Art collected by Doris Duke! Great preservation!
From the Honolululu Academy of Art, you can visit Duke Doris's private residence, Shangri La, under the guidance of a tour guide. In this amazing private residence, like an art collection, more than 3,500 pieces of Islamic art have been collected. The owner of the house is Diris Duke, a well-off artist who collects and collects perfect works of art around the world and keeps them in private houses in Hawaii. When she died in her 80s, according to her will, and with the efforts of the government and people from all walks of life, the beautiful museum was finally open to the public. All visitors need to take a shuttle bus to Shangri-La at the Honolulu Academy of Art (900S. Beretania Street). After the visit, visitors must take a bus to return to Honolulu Academy of Art. Ticket: Adult $25 per person