Doris Duke's Shangri La
4055 Papu Circle, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Completed in 1938, the vacation home of Doris Duke (heiress, art collector, and philanthropist) was inspired by both the Islamic architecture that Duke grew enamored of during her many travels to the Middle East as well as traditional Hawaiian-style homes. Today, the opulent 14,000 square foot home is now a museum that houses her impressive collection of Islamic art from Morroco, Southeast Asia, India, Iran, Syria, and Egypt among other countries. Many pieces of her vast collection are actually part of the house itself, like the carved Moroccan ceilings, the intricately woven textiles and rugs, and the beautiful hand painted Iranian ceramic tiles. Shangri La is the perfect destination for art lovers, architecture buffs, Islamic scholars, and anyone else who appreciates exquisitely handcrafted objects from around the globe.