Mediterranean-style Holiday Getaway at Kukup Malaysia – Family Bonding Time!

You don’t have to fly all the way to Greece to experience Santorini. There is a luxury mansion at Kukup Johor which adopt the Santorini theme, blue and white color building called Sweet Home Holiday Resort.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Where is Kukup?

Kukup is a fishing village in South Malaysia’s Johor State at Pontian district, about 2 hours drive from Singapore. This place is famous for their seafood, mangrove forest, temples and chalets. One of the characteristics are houses here are built on stilts.

Last weekends, we had a big party with over 50 relatives, (coming from all over – America, Australia, Singapore & Malaysia) all gather together& spent a night at one of the newest mansion in Kukup – Sweet Home Holiday Resort.

Where to park?

Parking can be a serious nightmare at Kukup Jetty!  Choose to park at the private carpark 3 mins before reaching Kukup Jetty/town. The Sweet Home will arrange their van to come to pick you up at the private carpark.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

The van will make few trips up and down to arrange guests to the jetty.  Those who were not able to board on the small van will have to wait at the waiting area.  The car park is sheltered. Overnight charge : RM 10.00

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Family Picture at the Kukup Ferry Terminal

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Boarding

You will board on the fishing boat not from the Ferry Terminal but from High King Restaurant private jetty.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

The distance is less  than 10 mins boat ride to the Sweet Home Holiday Resort.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

2 Days 1 Night Package @ Sweet Home Holiday Mansion

Sweet Home Mansion is the newest and also the biggest in Kukup as of now, Feb 2018.  If you want to experience some Santorini’s vibe, this is the place.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Total of 5 Meals for 2 Days 1 Night – RM 208 Adult Child : RM158

Day 1

  • 2:00 pm – Check In
  • 3:00 pm – Tea Break
  • 6:00 pm – BBQ Dinner (satay, squid, prawn, fish, otak-otak, fruit, beverages)
  • 8:00 pm – Program Begins, Mahjong Session, Dacing and KTV, Enjoy fireworks, Karaoke & etc
  • 10:00 pm – Supper

Day 2

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast, after breakfast free at own leisure
  • 9:00 am – Kukup – Visit Kukup Kelong (Fish Farms)
  • 12:00 pm – Check Out & Lunch At Chalet/Restaurant.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

The fishing boat bring you to the front of the Sweet Home Mansion.  Happy guests make their grand entrance to the Sweet Home Mansion.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Briefing Time

Our CEO in Army tee-shirt was giving everyone briefing and assigning rooms.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Check Out The Stairs

One of the iconic features of the Sweet Home Mansion is the elegant grand staircase.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Great Spot for Photo

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Sweet Home Mansion is divided into two part, sea view facing and village facing. Each part having 6 rooms and a touch-screen karaoke room that can sit up to 30 pax.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Exterior of the Mansion

You can watch the firework at the top floor balcony at night, just go up the spiral staircase!

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Manjong Time

There are few tables of majong available.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Bonding time

Many sitting area with tables & chair for chit-chatting.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Phone time

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Dart Game & Snooker Pool

Two dart machines and a snooker tables are available at the dining area.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Day 1 Tea Break at 3 pm

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Sweet Home Kitchen

I have a peep at their kitchen – spacious, clean and tidy.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Sweet Home staffs were busy preparing BBQ dinner for us  – more than 50 pax!

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Fugu Fish/ Puffer Fish

There is a small aquarium at near the kitchen.

Japanese would love to risk their life to eat fugu fish but we don’t.  We just greet this little fellow “hello” and snap some cute pictures of him.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Horseshoe crab

Horseshoe crabs normally swim upside down, they are not dead.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Aroana

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Mudskipper

Dinner at Sweet Home

One thing good about staying in Mansion here is you don’t have to worry about food.  There are up to 5 meals for the 2 days 1 days.  I don’t think you have chance of getting hungry.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Everyone in our family was having a great time dining at the dining area which offer sea view.  A romantic sunset is all we needed.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

The Sweet Home staff is attentive and friendly, serving one of my auntie’s need.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Enjoying Sea View while having our BBQ dinner

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Firework at Night

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Candid Camera Contest : Vote for the best picture!

1. Titanic 2018 – By Camera Lady : Sok Yee

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

2. Spot the Choir Master – By Cameraman : Ricky

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

3. Birthday Boys – Cameraman Datuk Fong

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

4. Beauty Pageant – By Cameraman : Datuk Fong

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Nearby attraction at Kukup

I had a morning stroll at around 7 am with my uncle and cousin in the fishing villages nearby.  There are many beautiful houses turned into chalets for tourists in the village.  Many of the residents are still fisherman.  Some of the houses were rebuilt with brick & tall poles were used, which look grand at the entrance.  However some houses still continue using the old wooden material, very much remain the authenticity & personality of the fishing village.

We discovered 3 primary schools & 3 temples in this small neighborhood.  The temples are small but well maintained and painted with bright colors.  Praying plays an important ritual in fisherman life for their safety & abundant harvest from the sea.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Pine wood theme homestay 

We also found this special pine wood chalet at Air Masim, Kukup.  The space is great for small family.

Rental of bikes & motorbikes are available at the village.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Fishing Farm Tour – included in package

There are many fishing farms near Kukup.  The one we went is about 5 mins boat ride from our Mansion.  We checked out and move to fishing farm.  The wooden path built above water is unstable so be extra careful, especially with young children and elderly. There is a small shops selling all kind of dried seafood owned by a Vietnamese wife married to local.  Price are reasonable.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Final thoughts: 

There are many chalets or homestay in Kukup offering similar package for a short getaway but Sweet Home is one of the newest and best in town. It is great for colleges/friend or family gathering & celebrations of birthday parties! What I like about Sweet Home Mansion are : the Santorini vibes, the cleanliness of the mansion, frequent meals are provided, sea view, karaoke room and most importantly I have a great time catching up with my relatives.

Sweet Home Mansion Kukup 2 days 1 night package

Photo credit : Lee Hong Seng – the real photographer!!

Nearby attractions :

42 Replies to “Mediterranean-style Holiday Getaway at Kukup Malaysia – Family Bonding Time!”

    1. Dear Journa,
      We certainly has so much fun gather together and catch up in this small fishing village but the mansion is new, spacious and luxurious. Plenty of space for us – pax of 50-60!

    1. Many of the housing including resort or chalets in the fishing village are built on stilts so it is very interesting. You also get to see some sea animals eg clams living at the mud area when the water recede.

    1. Kukup is popular among local Malaysian and Singaporean. I don’t think many other foreigner ever heard about this small fishing village. You will enjoy it, plenty of sunshine and get to see the fisherman daily life.

  1. It looks like you had a fabulous time in this little part of Malaysia. This is a really informative post for anyone looking to visit.

  2. I never really thought about going to Malaysia before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

    1. Dear Geraline,

      You have so many reason to visit Malaysia, the diverse culture, Modern Architecture -Twin Tower (used to be the world tallest building before Burj Khalifa in Dubai was built) & Colonial Architecture from Dutch & Portuguese and wildlife are the top things to do! Not forgetting the food and the warm weather!

  3. How terrific to have this sacred experience with the entire family! I bet your memories will last a life time. Beautiful vacation! xo Evelyn, PathofPresence

    1. Dear Evelyn,
      It is really not an easy task to have so many relatives gather all & spent a night and sleep together in a big mansion/resorts house. Everyone is busy with work and life these day. You are right, it is such a memorable experience!

  4. Such an awesome place to stay with the family and celebrate a reunion or any other occasion! I love how spacious it is and that the food is included as well. There are fun activities too!

  5. Never heard of Kukup before as a tourist destination. I’d love to visit there. That Sweet Home Mansion looks absolutely beautiful and love its decor! Looks like you all had an amazing family getaway there!

    1. Dear Ana,
      Not just you, many people has not heard of Kukup before, it is only popular among the local Malaysian and Singaporean tourists, a short getaway from the city life.

  6. Jane, I must add one item for any visitor here although we all missed out ie you can visit Tanjung Piai, which is the southern most point of continental Asia

    1. Dear Uncle Fong Kim
      You are so right about it. Tanjung Piai is also a nearby attraction, tourists can catch a ferry from Kukup terminal to Tanjung Piai.
      Thank you for pointing out and commenting here. Very much appreciated 🙂

  7. This looks like so much fun and great bonding time with family. All the pictures look amazing. Malaysia is so beautiful place, this is a really informative post for anyone looking to visit.

  8. What an amazing family vacation! It must not be easy to organize a vacation for such a large group, but it looks like you had such a great time together!

    1. Dear Nati,
      You are so right, it is so much effort to gather such a big group, not an easy task. But glad many make it to attend this gathering and became a memorable day for everyone!

  9. Wow! You got a big family! I love spending time with my whole family too. Actually, I missed having this kind of family bonding. Havent done this for 2 years because someone of us has died. Others went abroad for work.

  10. This looks like an amazing time spent with family, lots of fun and excitement. The place looks so beautiful, would love to visit. A family Mediterranean-style holiday sounds so perfect with all your pictures.

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