Sanibel Island's Il Cielo has received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor.
The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the website TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
"TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience," said Alison Copus, VP of marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most their customers."
Il Cielo, 1244 Periwinkle Way, features eclectic fine dining as well as the more casual Cloud 9 Grille.
Located in the lounge area of Il Cielo, the Cloud 9 Grille is ideal for those seeking a nice, yet relaxed meal. The focal point of Cloud 9 is an original glasswork called "Cloud 9," which separates the space from the main dining area. The sculpture is a 20 inches tall by 30 feet long rounded glass divided in six sections that sit atop a three-quarter rounded dividing wall with booth seating in the lounge and table seating on the opposite side.
Sanibel glass sculptor Lucas Century created the one-of-a-kind piece for the restaurant. More than 15 of Century's individual pieces of his fine glassware and original works are also featured throughout the restaurant and are available for purchase.
In addition to the two dining areas, Il Cielo's interior also allows space separate from the main dining room for private functions or community events as well as outdoor patio dining.
For more information on the restaurant visit www.ilcielosanibel.com or call 239-472-5555.