Shangri La is the earthly paradise James Hilton described in his 1933 novel “Lost Horizon.” It was published, coincidentally, a few years before tobacco heiress Doris Duke and husband James Cromwell began their 1935 honeymoon and world tour that led to the building of a retreat in Hawaii that took the name Shangri La. This five-acre Honolulu estate, which overlooks the Pacific, was built as more than just an earthly retreat. During their honeymoon, the couple’s travels took them to Egypt, India, Indonesia and other countries. Duke began collecting Islamic art during that tour and continued until her death in 1993. The honeymoon ended in Honolulu, where the couple decided to build their estate, incorporating Islamic art and style in the architecture.
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