The name "Pimalai" is derived from ancient Sanscript, meaning, "a little patch of Heaven". True to its name, Pimalai Lodge is located at the edge of Smoky Mountain National Park in Wear's Valley and isolated on the top of a ridge, offering 360 degree views. The property has been designed to afford the entire family a unique, and magical getaway. For the kids, there are two private fantasy bedrooms appropriately named the "Hobbit Hole" and the "Hogwarts Dormitory". The Hobbit Hole offers the children a chance to venture into a typical Hobbit home, complete with Hobbit furnishings, a large round window offering a view of the Shire, and a stone Hobbit fireplace. The Hogwarts Dormitory is modeled after its namesake made famous in the Harry Potter movie series, and is complete with a magical medieval interior that includes three dimensional paintings, a view to the outside of the castle, a night time ceiling of fibre optic "stars", and appropriately adorned to suit both the Gryffindor and Slytherin Houses! For the adults whom are ready to let their hair down and act like kids(!), Pimalai Lodge includes a recreation room with billiards, the Pimali Lodge Arcade, 65" Flat Screen 3-D TV, air hockey, X-Box, and "The Mardi Gras Bar". The Mardi Gras Bar is tastefully decorated, and designed to whisk you away to Bourbon Street where you can "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" (Let the good times roll!!). However, the true uniqueness of Pimalai Lodge is found in the outdoor living space offered by the property, and the remarkable 360 degree views. The property literally includes more than 3000 sqft of finished outdoor living space consisting of expansive decks, a two story Gazebo, and patio areas all which offer unparalleled views. This private, custom built, luxurious cabin will truly be the highlight of any visit to the Smoky Mountain National Park, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. No other cabin will come close in the 360 degree splendor this property offers.
The front of Pimalai Lodge features a large two story gazebo. The view from here extends to Wear's Valley below, while looking back at the foothills, Bluff Mountain, and Hatcher Mountain. The upper level of the gazebo has an outdoor kitchen featuring an inbuilt gas grill, counter and sink, and compact refrigerator. The octagonal edges of the gazebo include comfortable benches which are ideal for visiting with family and friends, or for entertaining outdoors. At night, the gas fireplace can be used to ward off the evening chill while you sit outside and socialize, or simply view the lights of the countryside below. The lower level of the Gazebo features an 8 person hot tub where you and your guests can relax after a long day of hiking or visiting Dollywood.
Walk around the deck to the opposite side of the lodge and sit and view the Smoky Mountain National Park range towering over you. Truly breathtaking!
When you step into Pimalai Lodge, you enter a breathtaking great room, which encapsulates the literal meaning of Pimalai. The wall of windows overlooks Wear's Valley and the magnificence of the view simply cannot be captured in the pictures you are able to view on the website. The main living area features a gas log fireplace and an two expansive sitting areas with a large 43" flat screen television. The extended room features a dining area with 2 dining tables that seat 12. The kitchen bar has additional seating for 4. The open concept room features a full service kitchen with double islands and granite countertops. All large and small appliances (stove, refrigerator with water dispenser/ ice maker, a completely separate ice machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, and much more) are available, as well as a full assortment of brand new cookware, dishes, glassware, and silverware. If you never want to leave the cabin, you are completely set to do so! The full sized washer and dryer are in a laundry room adjacent to the kitchen. A half bath is also on the floor.
On the main level is a large master bedroom. This room features a King bed, flat screen television and DVD player, as well as a chest of drawers and a closet to store clothes. Off the large bedroom is a full sized bath with a shower and separate large whirlpool tub to relax in.
Going upstairs is an area that makes Pimalai Lodge truly a one of a kind - if it was not already! The upstairs features a loft with a King sized bed. From this bed, the view from your feet is that of Wears Valley, and from the windows behind, you have an impressive view of the Smoky Mountains. This is sincerely one of the best views you'll find. On one side of the loft, through a partially round green door, you enter "The Hobbit Hole". The door height is smaller than normal (roughly 5'-3"), and the ceiling height is just over 6'-0", allowing the kids to feel that it is made just for them! A hand painted sign on the door clearly reads "No admittance - except on party business!" This kid-friendly room is designed in Hobbit fashion, and has two twin beds, a unique dresser, gas fireplace, and TV and DVD player. And of course, no Hobbit Hole would be complete without a round Hobbit window with a view of the Shire! On the other side of the loft, is located the medieval Hogwarts Dormitory. This room also has two twin beds, an electric fireplace, a fibre optic ceiling of stars and three dimensional paintings. Your children can choose to sleep on either the Gryffindor, or Slytherin side of the dormitory, depending on their allegiance!
The lower level of the lodge is the play area, and includes two more large bedrooms. Upon walking down the stairs, you will enter an enormous recreation room for the entire group to watch movies and hang out together. The game room features a full sized pool table, air hockey table, and an upright arcade game featuring 60 freeplay video games from yesteryear (Pac Man / Ms Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga). There is a separate movie viewing area with a 65" flat screen 3D-TV(!!), Blu-Ray 3D DVD player, and XBox-360. A wide assortment of your favorite 3D movies (Jurassic Park, Desolation of Smaug, Ice Age, Tron, etc) and X-Box games (Ninja Gaiden, Assasins Creed, Angry Birds, Grand Theft Auto, etc) have also been provided for your enjoyment. And of course the highlight of the recreation room is the appropriately named "Mardi Gras Bar", with neon lights and the required refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and glassware to host your own Fat Tuesday party. Off to each side of the recreation room are the large bedrooms. The first features a King Sized bed with it's own private bath. The bath features a whirlpool tub as well as a shower. The second bedroom on the lower level features two queen sized beds. This room also has a full sized bath.
Come stay with us today for a truly spectacular and magical vacation in the Smoky Mountains!