There are no earthquakes in Seychelles. The granitic islands are as solid as the rock formations for which the country is famous. Lying at the geological centre of the planet, the starting point from which continents have drifted over millions of years, the visually spectacular islands of Seychelles haven’t moved an inch.

The people living on them, however, are another story. They move all the time, most notably on the dance floor at the local nightclubs, which is one reason why Seychelles sees a calendar of events and festivals that would keep much larger populations busy.

Here in one of the smallest countries on earth both by size and by population, music and dance loom large on a social scene that culminates in an annual carnival entertaining everyone from infants to kings.

Some Seychellois move a bit further than the dance floor; few Australians are aware of the fact that Australia is home to a large diaspora of Seychellois, mostly settled in Melbourne and Perth.

For visitors to this country that is still being discovered by the world’s travellers, a plethora of resorts exist to host them during their visits. Recent openings and renovations to resorts in the northern part of Mahe, the main island of the Republic of Seychelles and the country’s centre of commerce, have reinvigorated the hospitality scene in one of the most beautiful parts of the island.

Despite appearing tiny on a map, Mahe is no speck of sand; it can take several hours to drive from one end of the island to the other, especially when sightseeing stops are made along the way. Most guests prefer to stay in their immediate vicinity and enjoy the tropical resort lifestyle so different in climate and scenery from their daily lives in Germany, France, and the UK, still the principal sources of visitors to Seychelles.