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Stay Here: A view from the top

As the private elevator doors open with a whoosh, the eighth floor view from the Penthouse at St. Clements says nothing and everything in one breath of the Atlantic air blowing in from the balcony.

This is a rare breed of the hundreds of resort accommodations available on the Grand Strand. While plenty of rooms on the beach offer the view, none offer five rooms with an ocean view and the 3,000-square-foot floor plan like this gem that encompasses the entire top floor of St. Clements Suites, on the corner of 70th Avenue North and North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

“A lot of units are great in Myrtle Beach and have wonderful views and they’re for spending the night, but there’s not a lot of room once you walk in,” says Tom Dubick of Charlotte, N.C., one of a handful of investors/owners of the penthouse. “The best compliment we can get is: ‘You can live here!’ … When you’re in Charlotte, the sense we get there is if you want to get away somewhere nice, you go to Charleston. But now we want people to know we have this wonderful place on the Grand Strand.”

Dubick says the penthouse’s former life was that of a garage or storage shed on the top floor of the St. Clements building, constructed sometime in the 1980s. After owning the converted penthouse, selling it, then repurchasing it, Dubick and fellow owners did “a fair amount of fixing up and renovations last year.”

The results of the facelift are breathtaking – from polished marble and hardwood floors underfoot to crystal chandeliers dancing in the sunlight from above. Fine leather living room furnishings and appointments also flow into the gourmet kitchen, where stainless steel Viking appliances, granite countertops and ornate cabinetry dominate. “Most people go into places after seeing the brochure and it looks nothing like what they saw,” says Dubick as he shows off the penthouse. “We’ve heard that this looks better than our brochure. Some Canadian guests preferred this to the Caribbean stops they made along the way on their trip.”

Bedrooms are fresh and airy, pampered with HD flat-panel televisions and comfortable beds dressed in 400-thread count bedding and linens. The master suite boasts a huge walk-in closet, Jacuzzi tub and surround-shower. The remaining family of bedrooms located on the opposite end of the curved penthouse layout include one catered to kids with two twin beds and the “Queen’s Room,” complete with a queen bed canopied in pretty mosquito netting.

A clever twist to this fairy tale penthouse is the handsome dining room closed off by sets of French doors that doubles as a conference room for business retreats. Slide the wooden tabletop panels to reveal a Vitalie handcrafted pool table.

The outdoor luxury is the 1,500-square-foot wraparound balcony, ideal for sunbathing or an intimate, sky-high wedding ceremony or reception.

Concierge services available to make this destination location unforgettable include a:

• Personal shopper

“We also check you in and out and you’ll have a beverage of your choice waiting for you,” says Dubick. “We try to accommodate everyone as much as possible, which really makes a difference. This is a place to relax, personalized and unique.”

Prices, according to Dubick, vary from $1,400 per week in the off-season to $2,800 per week during the summer. But he advises those interested to call and discuss varied price details based on guests’ getaway schedules and needs. “We think it’s one of the best values on the beach,” he says. “And this is great for people who can’t afford to travel far.”

The Penthouse at St. Clement is at 70th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. For additional information, call 800-444-1115. or visit