The brand new Arosea Life Balance Hotel (www.arosea.it) opens this December in the small, peaceful resort of Val d'Ultimo / Ultental – half an hour from the spa town of Merano. The hotel aims to provide the ultimate in relaxation and fitness, ensuring that its guests return home feeling rejuvenated. Alpine elements such as health-stimulating pinewood and sheep's wool dominate the design of the hotel, and the neighbouring lake alongside surrounding traditional farmhouses provides peaceful views from all rooms. Water is one of the central features of the well-being experience, with all water sources throughout the hotel, from the swimming pool to the drinking fountain in the bedrooms pumped from Grander Technology – a method that claims to retain all the truly beneficial properties of water. Guests may head to the water bar and order a special oxygen enriched glass. Nutrition is also an integral part of the experience, and all meals will offer fresh, immune boosting ingredients, whilst still tasting good. Activities include slalom and cross country skiing, snowshoe hiking, ski touring, sledging and ice-skating. The hotel has an extensive spa, with traditional South Tyrolean treatments using local ingredients such as hay, apple blossom and pine needles. Rooms start at €105 per person per night, on a half board basis.