You don’t have to fly all the way to Greece to experience Santorini. There is a luxury mansion at Kukup Johor which adopts the Santorini theme, the blue and white color building called Sweet Home Holiday Resort.
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 its 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.
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
Family Picture at the Kukup Ferry Terminal
You will board on the fishing boat not from the Ferry Terminal but from High King Restaurant private jetty.
The distance is less than 10 mins boat ride to the Sweet Home Holiday Resort.
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.
Total of 5 Meals for 2 Days 1 Night – RM 208 Adult Child: RM158
- 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
- 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.
The fishing boat brings you to the front of the Sweet Home Mansion. Happy guests make their grand entrance to the Sweet Home Mansion.
Our CEO in Army tee-shirt was giving everyone briefing and assigning rooms.
Check Out The Stairs
One of the iconic features of the Sweet Home Mansion is the elegant grand staircase.
Great Spot for Photo
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.
The exterior of the Mansion
You can watch the firework on the top floor balcony at night, just go up the spiral staircase!
There are few tables of majong available.
Many sitting areas with tables & chair for chit-chatting.
Dart Game & Snooker Pool
Two dart machines and a snooker tables are available at the dining area.
Day 1 Tea Break at 3 pm
Sweet Home Kitchen
I have a peep at their kitchen – spacious, clean and tidy.
Sweet Home staffs were busy preparing BBQ dinner for us – more than 50 pax!
Fugu Fish/ Puffer Fish
There is a small aquarium near the kitchen.
Japanese would love to risk their lives to eat fugu fish but we don’t. We just greet this little fellow “hello” and snap some cute pictures of him.
Horseshoe crabs normally swim upside down, they are not dead.
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 day. I don’t think you have a chance of getting hungry.
Everyone in our family was having a great time dining at the dining area which offers a sea view. A romantic sunset is all we needed.
The Sweet Home staff is attentive and friendly, serving one of my auntie’s need.
Enjoying Sea View while having our BBQ dinner
Firework at Night
Candid Camera Contest: Vote for the best picture!
1. Titanic 2018 – By Camera Lady: Sok Yee
2. Spot the Choir Master – By Cameraman: Ricky
3. Birthday Boys – Cameraman Datuk Fong
4. Beauty Pageant – By Cameraman: Datuk Fong
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.
Pinewood theme homestay
We also found this special pinewood chalet at Air Masim, Kukup. Space is great for a small family.
Rental of bikes & motorbikes are available at the village.
Fishing Farm Tour – included in a package
There are many fishing farms near Kukup. The one we went to is about 5 mins boat ride from our Mansion. We checked out and move to a fish farm. The wooden path built above water is unstable so be extra careful, especially with young children and elderly. There is a small shop selling all kind of dried seafood owned by a Vietnamese wife married to local. Price is reasonable.
There are many chalets or homestay in Kukup offering a 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.
Photo credit: Lee Hong Seng – the real photographer!!
Nearby attractions :
- Lexis Hibiscus at Port Dickson
- Club Med Cherating Kuantan
- Cameron Highlands
- A mini version of Jumeirah Dubai at Avani Sepang Selangor
- Malacca Historical Trail