Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:36

A  Modern Day Matchmaker

Proxenia  is the olden days’ concept of matchmaking in a village by a ‘proxenitis’ and is being ‘modernised’ by Maria Christodoulou, a personal coach and founder of Selective Matches, an island-wide offline Personal Matchmaking and Coaching Service.

“Meeting a potential partner is proving more and more difficult the world over,” says Maria “and Cyprus has its own added challenges and limitations. There are relatively few quality options available for singles to meet like minded ‘relationship ready’ people.” 

Born in Cyprus and raised in London, having a successful career in hospitality and human resource management, she found she did not have enough time to ‘live’ and decided to change the quality and direction of her life.  Always having been interested in coaching she took personal coaching courses at one of London’s leading coaching academies and in 2011 returned to her roots, Cyprus, to launch her own business.

Soon after arriving, Christodoulou realised that many of the professional singles she was meeting would benefit from a personalised solution to dating. She carried out in-depth research of the ‘matchmaking industry’ - an industry that is booming all over the world - and took a course as matchmaker.

She launched ‘Selective Matches’ earlier this year, offering personal matchmaking services for selective, commitment-minded, busy single men and women from 30 years and over.  She explains that she does not believe in flashy advertising, but instead growing her business organically, earning people’s trust and eventually have the happy couples that have met through her services speak for her work.

Maria personally meets her clients, learns about them and then selectively introduces them to like-minded singles. Her background in human resources is a great asset in this step. “I take headhunting to a romantic level,” she laughs. Confidentiality clearly is imperative.

The matchmaker plans small scale singles events in the New Year as an additional opportunity to introduce like minded singles to each other in a discreet and fun way.  Her services are complimentary for ladies and very affordable for gentlemen with a 6-monthly or yearly membership. And they come with a money back guarantee! She will guarantee a minimum of 4-10 dates depending on the requirements and time frame and encourages her clients to progress unhurriedly. Finding that perfect match may after all take some time, but will certainly be worth it.

Maria can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.selectivematches.com

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of December 18, 2015 


Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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