Buyers can now own a piece of a UNESCO-preserved site in paradise. By, Cristina M. De Oliveira

Nestled within one of the most stunning spots in the Caribbean, St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach Residences are slated to bring barefoot luxury to new levels. The 42-home development is tucked away amidst a 130-acre resort in the valley where the rainforest meets the sea between the Pitons—the iconic twin peaks that have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Currently The Jalousie Plantation, the resort is undergoing a $100 million redevelopment and, in February 2012, will be rebranded as The Tides Sugar Beach, managed by the Viceroy Hotel Group.

Those who wish to own a piece of paradise can invest in one of the stately homes. Paying special attention to the delicate ecosystem, construction began on the Colonial-inspired residences in October 2010. The getaways range from $2.4 million to $9 million, and buyers can choose from two- to six-bedroom properties. Four of the homes, priced at $7 million and up and situated right on the beach, are still on the market.

No two homes are the same, and buyers can customize the interior space. Designed by architects Lane Pettigrew Associates, each residence will have its own pool surrounded by a sleek stone deck. Living and dining spaces open up to outdoor terraces, while French windows, cast-iron claw-foot tubs, and plantation-style furniture prove that no detail has been overlooked.

Residents will have access to the resortÂ’s amenities, including its three restaurants and four bars, and can enjoy treatments at its stunning spa (a network of suspended treehouses), which opened in late 2010.