We stayed at the Empire in July 2010, when it only just opened. Construction work was still being carried out and not all facilities were available yet (bar, food) but the friendliness of staff more than made up for it! Great apartment, we had the 2 bedroom one overlooking the sea.
We really had a holiday to remember, such a little gem. Did look at booking for 2011 too, but prices had increased quite steeply so decided against it. We will however return someday, Empire holds a little place in our hearts.