Take an ambitious young Scotsman, full of the wanderlust of travel. When ripe, pluck him from the Robert Gordon University of International Hospitality Management. Season him for nine years in London, paring away the saccharine edges with the sharp end of the metropolitan hotel industry knife.
Add a generous helping of expertise in IT systems, stir in a couple of European languages (Spanish and Portuguese) and soak him in a good slug of fine Madeira wine for a few more years. Next, salt dry him in the sea-breeze of San Francisco on the crest of Nob Hill to give him that Intercontinental flavour.
Now add a melange of the finest exotic ingredients to the marinade - Caribbean spices from Sandy Lane in Barbados and Marigot Bay in St Lucia. Shake, don’t stir, some exquisite Bahamian flavours into the rich sauce, fresh from Ocean Club (you might recall sculpted Daniel Craig emerging from the sea in speedos - this is where Casino Royale was filmed). Simmer in tropical climates for a decade or two before serving at high-altitude on Hemingways top-table in Nairobi.
Scott has done the lot - front of house, back of house, systems management, events, business development, restaurants, spas, golf, marketing and management. He has hosted celebrities the world over in the most exclusive properties on far-flung Elysian islands. He's been at the pulse of inner-city tourism in London, San Francisco and Madrid.
His wide smile and sun-tan speak of halcyon shores, temperate climes and the ebb and flow of life in luxury hotels. He’s something of a glamorous Robinson Crusoe having spent much of his career as a castaway on gorgeous islands. If only Defoe’s hero had had the initiative, élan and pioneering spirit of Scott, perhaps he would have built an iconic hotel instead of writing letters.
Now he’s elevating guest-service to new heights on this equatorial mountain where Hemingways Nairobi is poised to open its doors to global epicurean travellers. Like a fastidious choreographer, Scott is obsessed with establishing a service team that moves with muscular precision and creative flair. He’s crafting a corps of world-class butlers to forge discerning personal relationships with guests so that individuals are over-awed by the attention to detail in all aspects of service in his boutique hotel.