- Health and happiness with the Califa
The opening of the Vejer Hammam has been delayed until late 2021 due to COVID interrupting the programme of building and restoration works. The Califa Group is bringing a traditional Hammam to Vejer adding yet another fabulous experience to the Califa offerings. The Hammam will be open to the public as well as to guests from the Califa and neighbouring hotels.
After a few hundred years of absence the Califa Group is bringing the Hammam back to Vejer. Situated equidistant between the Alcazaba (Vejer’s Arabic origin castle) and what was the Mosque (now the principal church in Vejer) the Califa Hammam will be opening late 2021. Hammam is the Turkish & Arabic word for the traditional bathing and cleansing spaces common to towns and cities across North Africa and Turkey. More akin to a spa in the modern sense, the hammam, particularly in Morocco, evolved from the Roman baths adapted to the needs of ritual purification according to Islam. The Califa Hammam will be a blend of the traditional Roman baths with a calderium (hot bath), tepidarium (warm bath) and a frigidarium (cold bath or cold shower) as well as the traditional steam room common to Moroccan hammams. Added to this there will also be a relaxing area under a domed atrium with Moroccan mint tea being served. Additionally a treatment room is available for massages.
(Representational photo only - this is the Maison Árabe hammam in Marrakesh)
A session at the Califa Hammam will start with a relaxing session in the tepidarium followed by the calderium. From there bare it all in the steam room to open the pores; get lathered in savon noir an olive oil–based black soap and scrubbed with the traditional kessa glove to remove dead skin; and finally get immersed in the cool of the frigidarium for an invigorating finish. The result? Silky-smooth skin and a refreshed feeling that can beat even the hottest of days in Andalucía.
The Hammam will be open from 0930 to 2200 and will be divided into various segments including morning ladies only sessions, family only sessions, mixed hours and men only sessions.
The photos above are only a representation of the style of design we will be using at the hammam. Below are some photos of traditional hamams and arab baths dating back to the 10th to 14th. century here in Andalucía.