by Maura Wasescha
St. Moritz owes its legendary fame to Johannes Badrutt. In 1864, this budding hotel manager invited four English friends to spend the winter in St. Mortiz. The sun here was so warm, the air so crystal-clear, there was no doubt his friends would enjoy sitting on the terrace in this secret paradise. Johannes even offered to refund them the trip costs, if they left unsatisfied. It was this simple bet that allowed St Moritz to become a winter tourist spot. In the summer, its popularity was already strong: visitors used to to come to St Moritz for the water cure, a tradition that started 3000 years ago when the ferruginous spring waters flow, later discovered by the Romans, this tradition was carried over by the aristocracy since 200 years ago. This was just the beginning, St. Moritz keeps establishing its leadership among the alpine holiday resort industry and its popularity is strong worldwide. St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympics games twice, the Ski World Championships five times (including the coming 2017 championships). St Moritz is proud to be an international icon of style. Not only sport, but aristocracy, rulers and politicians from all over the globe, including movie and television stars, have given and still continue to give a luxury image to St Moritz. An image of adventurous lifestyle and glamour, a place that has never forgotten its origins and its traditions. Last but not least, the nature, the landscape with its lake plateau make of this region a unique place in the world. Today, when my clients ask me, ‘Mrs Wasecha, do you know that you are living in paradise?’ My answer is undoubtedly… Yes!
38 years ago, when I arrived in St. Moritz from Italy, the paradise of it all was not clear to me. It was by complete chance that I landed here, with a high school diploma in my hands, and only limited information about this glamorous location. In reality, my career at the beginning was not easy at all, far from all the nice stories that you can read in magazines. Being supported by a strong personality, my motto has always been “you should never give up…” In my life I always carried on, I started to work as a simple cleaning lady, but I was lucky enough to become the founder of a real estate agency specializing in luxury properties of the highest standards. Properties which fully respect the environment and the quality of life of the people living in them and
There have been many schools of thought behind the realization of our projects, which have made this dream come true. In order to truly feel and experience the real meaning of expression one must aim to achieve “maximum well being.” As you see, St Moritz has fascinated me and still does today. The poetry of a wonderful landscape lives together with the typical glamour of the place, a unique destination. Come and visit us… I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.