Accommodation that breaks records

Earlier this year, the three ambitious teammates from the globetrotting group Latitude 35, embarked on an adventure to set a Guinness World Record by becoming the first people in modern history to cross the vast Namib Desert in southern Africa on foot and completely unassisted. 

For this trio of world-class athletes, the venture marked their eleventh combined world record. 

The journey began at the Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge where the group relaxed for one last night.

After a good night's sleep at the African inspired chalets surrounded by ancient rock formations, the team started the ultimate challenging journey, hiking, jogging and running for seven days straight through the desert. 

After trekking 220 kilometres across the oldest desert in the world, braving lion, elephant and black rhino territories and enduring extreme heat during the day and dropping temperatures at night, teammate Jason Caldwell made history as he set a World Record for completing the longest desert trek across Namibia.

Caldwell was welcomed at the stunning Okahirongo Elephant Lodge near the border of Angola. 

The secluded lodge features spacious chalets, decorated with earth and terracotta tones, creating a desert-style atmosphere. Each chalet has a bathroom with both an indoor and open-air shower. 

Here, the team had the well-deserved opportunity to relax in the gazebo's lounging furniture and savour local and Italian inspired dishes, as well as a couple of glasses of Namibian wine.

If you feel like making your next holiday a record breaker, here's a few places you might want to consider.

Getting high

Back in 2014, two French men, Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, performed the highest base jump from a building in history. This got them a well-deserved place in the Guinness Book of World Records. 

The jump took place off the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the world's tallest building with a total height of 828 metres. 

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the world's tallest building with a total height of 828 metres.
The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the world's tallest building with a total height of 828 metres. Photo credit: Getty Images

Not far from the towering Burj is the world's tallest hotel.

The four-star Gevora Hotel has great views of the soaring Dubai skyline. 

Featuring 528 rooms, five restaurants, a gym, a business centre and a rooftop full-size swimming pool, this 75-storey hotel has everything a traveller needs.

Be bold in the cold

The world's coldest, most fascinating and most remote continent, Antarctica, is accessible only by boat.

The Norwegian polar explorer, Børge Ousland, was the first and fastest person to cross Antarctica solo, without any assistance. 

Accommodation that breaks records
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Since there are no hotels or permanent human residents in Antarctica, to get there you must travel to Ushuaia, Argentina  which is the world's southernmost city.

From there you can sail through the Drake Passage to Antarctica.

Located in Ushuaia, Terra Incognita has self-catering bungalows with breathtaking views of the icy Canal Beagle. Enjoy this last taste of warmth before heading on your way to the South Pole.

Pole to pole to pole

In 1994, Erling Kagge from Norway became the first person to complete the so-called 'Three Poles Challenge' on foot, reaching the North Pole, the South Pole and the peak of Mount Everest. 

The fastest time to complete the Three Poles Challenge was achieved by Adrian Hayes. He achieved it in one year and 217 days.

The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
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Near the North Pole is a town called Longyearbyen in Norway.

Here you'll find the northernmost full-service hotel in the world. The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen.

Whether you are dining in the hotel restaurant or outdoors, you can admire the impressive panoramic fjord views while enjoying your meal. Once you've experienced a freezing cold glacier excursion, hotel staff suggests checking out the on-site sauna or the open-air hot tubs.