Moon Author's Review
Itopia (US$495/night) is a lovely country home owned by the Henzells, the family whose late patriarch, Perry, brought the world The Harder They Come, the film that helped to catapult a young Jimmy Cliff to international superstardom in the early 1970s. Built in 1660 as the overseer's house at Cardiff Hall estate, the cut-stone three-bedroom home is cozy and charming, in a preserved colonial state enhanced by the design genius of Sally Henzell and appointed with colonial era furnishings and funky family memorabilia. A fourth bedroom and entertainment room are located around back in a separate building. To get there, head inland at the gas station on the edge of the Breezes Runaway Bay Golf Course, and take the second left after Runaway Heart Hotel on Poinciana Road. Stay to the left when the road splits, pass a Water Commission pump station and then Cardiff Hall Great House on the left, and then take the second left and the first right. It's about a 15-minute drive to Runaway Bay. Euphemia, the cook and housekeeper, prepares delicious meals.